Who was wounded for our transgression in Isaiah 53?
Jesus Or Someone else?
Isaiah 53 is by far one of the most misunderstood chapters in the bible.
The Christians believe that this Isaiah 53 is proof that Jesus was sent to literally die for the sins of mankind and thereby redeem them from bondage of sin.
Now, is this the truth?
Does Isaiah 53 have anything to do with Jesus? As a Muslim, I can say no! but that would be too easy. That will just be my opinion against others and no one will learn by bickering. However, I do certainly believe if we take our time and study one verse at a time in context we will be able to find out what Isaiah the writer is trying to say.
Before we scrutinize Isaiah 53 verse by verse some preliminary matters have to be addressed first. To all reader, if you want to learn the truth, then just for a moment please forget what you know about the New Testament.
Anyone can write a new gospel hundreds of years in the future and tell you it is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. First you have to diligently study the Old Testament to see exactly the arguments the writer is trying to drive home.Then you can see if the New Testament is true or a Greek fairy tale. So let’s begin…
Isaiah 53 is properly understood if properly read in whole context. In other book of Isaiah, he predicted the Jewish people would go into exile from their homeland- Jerusalem and would be slaves to foreign countries such as Assyria. However Chapter 53 occurs in the midst of the Babylonian captivity. Isaiah’s overall message is only for these Babylonian exiled slaves. Isaiah tells the Jews of God’s plan of eventual salvation once they have paid the price for their disobedience- i.e. turning their back on YHWH.
In Isaiah chapters 41 through 53, the nation of Israel/Jacob is illustrated as a singular entity. Now always bear this fact in mind. So Isaiah will on many occasions speak ofIsrael/Jacob as a “he,and his.” You must not forget this point or you may start to assume that Isaiah is speaking of a singular person in his verses. Another thing that is crucial for you to remember is that it is he Jacob/Israel that is known as God’s “SERVANT.”
- But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. ISAIAH 41:8
Isaiah lets us know that it is the nation of Israel/Jacob that is God’s chosen nation and servant. Notice how in chapter 52 for example, Israel is described as “oppressed without cause” (v.4) and “taken away” (v.5), yet God- YHWH promises a brighter future in just a few years. Israel will once again prosper and all the other-nations will look in total amazement at what has happened. (Read Isaiah 52:1-3,8-12).
Isaiah Chapter 53 starts with speaking of the suffering of the Jews in the Babylonian captivity.
Now the Christians want us to believe that Isaiah suddenly, pauses for “station identification” in the middle of his conversation to give us a futuristic prophecy of Jesus as the messiah. This is absurd! Then after pausing to give us an irrelevant future prophecy, Christians want us to believe Isaiah once again changed subjects in Chapter 54 and suddenly went back to his original point of deliverance from Babylon. Huh?
That is the most hilarious thing I have ever heard!
I want you to think about this for a moment and use a common sense given to us by God:
“Why would someone being starved, raped and tortured need to know about a futuristic Messiah that they will never live to see?”
Does that make any sense to you If you had someone that was raping your daughter over and over again do you think she would care about who the 1000th President of the United States will be in the future??? Heck no! The Christians Pastor do not want you to know the truth! Start reading God’s Holy words on your own.
Hear me clearly Brothers and Sisters! Isaiah 53 is not a prophecy of a Jewish/Christian Messiah! and it is not a prophecy of a Christian God either. It is a story of Jewish redemption from the oppression from their enemies. To make you further understand this commentary you will note how Chapter 54 summarizes the chapters by ending as follows:
- “This is the heritage of the servant(s) of the Lord and their vindication is from ME, declares the Lord.”ISAIAH 54:17
What does “HERITAGE” mean? It means:
(Legacy,Tradition and Birthright.)
What does “VINDICATION” mean? It means:
(Exoneration,Absolution & Acquittal)
As you can see God declares that all of the Chapters of Isaiah leading up to this last verse in Chapter 54 is about His
1) “Plural” servants i.e. “Jacob/Israel.”
2) The historical “heritage/legacy” of the Jews.
3) God’s “vindication/absolution/forgiveness” of Israel from their sins.
Now that wasn’t hard to learn was it? These verses alone prove to us that Isaiah is not giving a prophecy concerning Jesus! However, In the next section we will break down chapter 53 to see exactly what Isaiah wanted us to know…
Isaiah Chapter 53 True Answer Revealed!
In this section we are breaking down each verse to find out what message Isaiah is trying to tell us. Forget about what you think you already know. Read these verses just as they are written as though you are reading the chapters of Isaiah for the first time. Please read each verse slowly! Do not read all the way through and miss the significance of each verse by itself. Each verse tells a wonderful story in itself. In addition to Isaiah 53,we must read the coinciding scriptures from the other prophets who lived during Isaiah’s day to see if their words also support Isaiah’s words and my answers that I will show you. That is the only way we will learn the real truth…
Isaiah chapter 53 is about the suffering “servant.” Chapter 53 is also a continuation of the message that begins at 52:13. So let us begin at that verse.
- Behold, MY SERVANT will prosper. Isaiah 52:13
As we start our knowledge journey we see that God is doing the speaking. God says that His servant will prosper? The verses below show us just who that servant really is:
- But thou, Israel, art MY SERVANT Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. ISAIAH 41:8
- …Thou art MY SERVANT I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. ISAIAH 41:9
- Yet now hear O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my Servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. ISAIAH 44:1-2
Now you see who Isaiah says the servant really is. All throughout Isaiah’s words it is Israel/Jacob the nation that is spoken of in the singular as the servant or servants of God. Israel is constantly referred to as: Him, Her,they, She or “HE” depending on what the writer is trying to express.
The worst part about this discussion is that Isaiah has not changed his writing style in any chapter of his books. So why do Christian theologians choose to ignore this fact? Isaiah saysboth the “literal” and “proverbial” servant is Jacob/Israel.
See Isaiah. 41:8-9. 42:19-20, 43:1, 44:1-2.45:4, 48:20 and 49:3.
Other Old Testament writers confirm this fact:
- Therefore fear thou not, O my Servant JACOB, saith the Lord… JEREMIAH. 30:10
See also Jeremiah 30:17, 46:27-28, Isaiah 53:4, and Psalms 136:22 and Luke.1:54.
Now no one will be able to confuse you concerning who the servant of God is ever again. Let’s continue:
- “So shall HE (the servant) startle many nations, the kings will stand speechless; for that which had not been told them they shall see and that which they had not heard shall they ponder. Who would believe what we have heard?” ISAIAH 52:15
Quite clearly, the other nations and their kings will be amazed at what happens to the “Servant of the Lord,” and they will say,
“Who would believe what we have heard?”
52:15 tells us explicitly that it is the nations of the world, the Gentiles, who are asking the question here in Isaiah 52. With this knowledge let’s move on to chapter 53…
- 53:1: “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the ARM of the LORDrevealed?
Verse 1 is a continuance from chapter 52 and God is about to do something miraculous! (A special note for you) When ever you see the terminology in scripture concerning God’s: Arm, Right Hand,or Spirit doing something it merely means God’s “POWER.” So in this context God is asking: Who will witness my miraculous ARM/POWER? Here you see the Gentile Kings and their people are going to see the power of God deliver the Servant/Israel from their affliction right before their very eyes.
- “Fear thou not; for I am with “THEE (ISRAEL) be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the “RIGHT HAND” of my righteousness.” ISAIAH 41:10
- The Lord hath made bare his holy Arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:10
God gives consolation and assurance to Israel that He will deliver them with His metaphoric right HAND/POWER of righteousness. God then warns that all the Kings of the earth will not believe the report of Israel’s redemption and will be dumbfounded!
- “Behold all “THEY” that were incensed against thee shall be“ASHAMED” and “CONFOUNDED” they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.” ISAIAH 41:11
God now assures the suffering servants/Jews that even though they may have heard about the prophecies of redemption He is now going to do a miracle so amazing that even they/Israel won’t believe it!
- “Behold “YE” among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in “YOUR DAYS,” which“YE” will “NOT BELIEVE,” though it be told you.” HABAKKUK 1:5
In Isaiah, and throughout the Jewish Bible, God’s “arm” refers to God’s power and the physical redemption of Israel from the oppression of other nations.
- …and I will redeem you with a stretched out ARM and with great judgments. Exodus 6:6
- For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own ARM save them: but thy “RIGHT HAND”and thine ARM and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. Psalms 44:3
So as you can see Israel is not saved because of their own swords or military might.They are saved by God’s arm or God’s power. Look also in
Deut. 4:34, Deut. 7:19, Ps. 44:3 Isaiah 52:8-12 and Isaiah 63:12. So let’s move on to the next verse:
- 53:2: For HE shall grow up before him as a tender PLANT, and as a ROOT out of a dry ground…
Verse 2 ties directly into verse 1. This scripture is a two part scripture; first God is speaking about Israel.
Notice the analogy GOD uses:
- “For HE (Israel) shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground.”
We all know that crops/plants need water and will not grow in a dry ground, so the power of God will do the miraculous for Israel! Although lowly Israel is weak and oppressed, God promises to redeem them and make them a physically powerful nation again. Let’s continue with the second half of the verse.
- 53:2: …He hath no FORM or “COMELINESS”; and when we shall see him there is no BEAUTY that we should desire him.
Now look at the three highlighted words in the second part of verse 2. This verse also ties in with the overall subject of verse 1 and gives us the Gentiles perspective of the Jewish situation. This verse tells us two special things:
I. Israel has no form. This means as a nation, they have no “structure” or foundation.
II. Israel has no comeliness. Since their destruction Israel has absolutely nothing; no riches, no commodities no comeliness/attractiveness/beauty or anything of value.
Remember verse 2 is connected to verse 1. So in context, when Isaiah continues his point and uses these three words: form, comeliness and beauty he eliminates this scripture being associated with Jesus. How can you say Jesus had no form/structure? Jesus received His ministry structure from God. This is why He could teach the masses and they all followed His ministry.
Isaiah also told us that the “he”character had no comeliness/beauty or anything that made someone desire him. In the context of the two verses that also cannot apply to Jesus, Jesus’ words and miracles drew multitudes of people to Him. Jesus popularity was so great that it was nearly impossible for Him to find personal rest and relaxation. So these two points truly prove to us that Isaiah wasn’t applying this verse to a futuristic Jesus. In the scriptural context, Israel has nothing other nations would desire so their enemies do not acknowledge them as a real nation. Since being afflicted by God, the nations that loved her/Israel so much now see nothing beautiful about them and have turned their backs on Him/Israel!
- When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his “BEAUTY” to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah. Psalms 39:11
Concerning this beauty of Israel, the Psalmist tells us that because of their iniquity/sin their comeliness/beauty withered away to nothing.
- “And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy “BEAUTY”: for it was “PERFECT” through MY “COMELINESS, which I had put upon Thee, saith the LORD GOD. But thou didst trust in thine own BEAUTY,and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.” Ezekiel 16:14, 15
Their enemies are in charge now! Jeremiah cries out in Lamentations about this very subject:
- “All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, is this the city that men call the perfection of “BEAUTY,” The joy of the whole earth?” Lamentations 2:15
- “Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath AFFLICTED (HER) for the multitude of (HER) Transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. And from the daughter of Zion all her BEAUTY is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.”LAMENTATIONS 1:5, 6
- “Thus wast “THOU” decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; “thou/Israel” didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and “THOU” was exceeding “BEAUTIFUL,” and“THOU” didst “PROSPER” into a kingdom.” Ezekiel 16:13
Wow! Jeremiah lets us know that the nation of Israel has just become the Rodney Dangerfield of nations they get “NO RESPECT!
Israel’s beauty is gone just like Isaiah said in verse 2. Israel’s enemies clap their hands, hiss and shake their heads in disgust and ask the question:
“Is this the city that we used to think was so great and beautiful?”
As Isaiah said, they have no beauty or comeliness that her enemies should desire him/them. Israel is a nation lost! Her enemies have conquered her! This is why they are lamenting over their pain and torment and grief:
- “My FLESH” and MY SKIN, hath he made old: he hath broken my bones.” LAMENTATIONS 3:4
- “OUR SKIN, was BLACK like an oven because of the terrible famine.” LAMENTATIONS 5:10
Israel’s beauty is gone they no longer wear fine linen and silks. He/Jacob is crushed by the hands of his enemies and his bones are broken and pierced. Famine and disease has made his beautiful skin old wrinkled and black. Now you know the truth, “HE/JACOB/Israel” lost his beauty because he/they no longer had God’s spiritual covering…
Theologians want us to believe this verse speaks of Jesus beating by the soldiers and this is why no one desired Him. Can you actually believe this was the best education their money could buy? No one can make you believe that lie ever again.
Through God’s power, all of the kings and kingdoms will see Israel rise out of the ashes to their rightful place of power. All the kings are confused at what has happened and shake their heads in total disbelief. Just as we have said before the subject matter of Isaiah 53 is merely a continuation from chapter 52:
- “So shall HE/Israel (the servant) startle many nations, the kings will stand speechless; for that which had not been told them they shall see and that which they had not heard shall they ponder. Who would believe what we have heard?” ISAIAH 52:15
It is amazing what we can learn when we take the bible back from men/preachers and we take the time to really read on our own. Let us move on overseer 3…
- 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Wow! This is a long verse. Just as we tied the subject matter of verse 2 with verse 1, we must also tie the subject matter of verse 3 with verse 2 as well.
Notice all of the highlighted words in the verse attributed to the “he” entity.
Notice the “he” person is:
1. Despised & Rejected by men.
2. A man of sorrows/sadness
3. A man familiar/acquainted with grief/suffering.
4. People hid their faces from him
5. He is not esteemed/not valued by the people.
These five key points are very insightful.
Despised & Rejected:
Within the context of the verses before 53:3 the despised and rejected phrase cannot apply to Jesus. Luke 4:14-15 tells us that Jesus was a man who was supposedly praised by all:
- And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a “FAME”of him through all the region round about. 15. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. LUKE 4:14-15
Yep, you heard it, “praised by all!” Yes Jesus was despised and rejected but only by a small amount of jealous people such as the High Priests and a small faction of Pharisees. Verse 3can’t apply to Jesus because it says in MATTHEW 4:25 that Jesus was followed by multitudes and He would later be acclaimed as a great Prophet upon his triumphal entry into Jerusalem in MATTHEW. 21:9-11.
Thousands upon thousands of Jews followed Jesus years after His death. (See Acts 21:17-24). Wow! This man doesn’t seem despised and rejected to me. I want you to see the magnitude of this next scripture concerning Jesus’ popularity:
- And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.Luke 23:27 KJV
Who complains & mourns for someone they supposedly despise? That is ridiculous. Does Jesus sound like someone despised and rejected in Luke 23:27? No! Christian theologians seem to forget about verses like these when they made up these new doctrines. According to the New Testament scriptures the Jews continued to follow Jesus’ ministry even after his death and were cast to the lions by the Romans just for listening to Jesus’ message and turning back to Yahweh! Since we see Isaiah wasn’t talking about Jesus then we can see that Isaiah 53:3 speaks of Israel being despised &rejected by others:
- “JERUSALEM” hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her “DESPISE”(her/Israel,) because they have seen her nakedness:LAMENTATIONS 1:8
- “Whereas THOU/Israel hast been “FORSAKEN” and “HATED”, so that no man went through thee, I will make THEE/Israel an eternal Excellency, a JOY of many generations.” ISAIAH 60:15
- “Thou makest “US/Israel” a REPROACH to our neighbours, a SCORN and DERISION to them that are round about us. Thou makest us a byword among the heathen a shaking of the head among the people.”PSALMS 44:13, 14
As you can see Isaiah and the other prophets all tell us who the“he” is in chapter 53. How can you argue with the very writers who wrote the text?
A man of “SORROWS”, and acquainted with “GRIEF”:
The definition of SORROWS:
Grief, mourning, disease, sadness, troubles, & regret!
This person is full of mourning, full of sadness, and full of regret. This person has suffered many times before so they are used to such troubles. Jesus wasn’t a man full of sorrows. Jesus wasn’t a man who had sores on His body and probably never had a sick day in His life. Why? Well it’s because Jesus obeyed God’s laws and statutes. The man i.e.Jacob/Israel in Isaiah’s scripture did not obey God’s word and he/they are very sorrowful. This applies to Israel’s suffering and sorrows for their sins.
The definition of GRIEF:
Heartache, unhappiness woe, misery & pain!
Was Jesus acquainted or familiar with suffering? No! Jesus was a righteous man and God protects the righteous. Jesus was beaten only during His imprisonment processing so again, in context with the other two verses Isaiah was not talking about Jesus. Notice Isaiah says this“he” entity is very familiar with this sort of suffering/grief. They repeatedly sin against God therefore they continue to suffer massive amounts of grief and turmoil. Isaiah even asked the Jews why they would continue to go through such grief earlier in his writings:
- “Why should ye be STRICKEN anymore? Ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is SICK, and the whole heart FAINT. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but WOUNDS, and BRUISES, and PUTREFYING SORES: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” ISAIAH 1:5, 6
Isaiah says the Jews would revolt against God “MORE & MORE.”So we see why he says 52 chapters later that the Jews are acquainted or familiar with such grief.
For repeatedly disobeying God’s statutes over and over Jacob/Israel is familiar with grief and sorrows as we shall now witness:
- “I am FEEBLE and SORE BROKEN: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.” PSALMS 38:8
- “I am “TROUBLED” I am bowed down greatly; I go “MOURNING” all day long. For“MY” loins are filled with a loathsome “DISEASE” and there is no soundness in my flesh.” PSALMS 38:6, 7
Unlike the New Testament, the Old Testament writers are in total correlation with each other and they all speak of the history of their torment:
- “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any SORROW like unto (MY) SORROW, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.”LAMENTATIONS 1:12
Who is speaking about his sorrows? Clearly it is Jacob, the nation of Israel.
- “ZION/Israel spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her. The LORD hath commanded concerning “JACOB that (HIS) adversaries should be round about (HIM): “JERUSALEM” is as a menstruous woman among them. The LORD is righteous; for “ I ” have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold “MY” SORROW: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.” LAMENTATIONS 1:17, 18
Wow! Jerusalem is suffering like a “menstruating woman!” Yikes! This gives a new meaning to P.M.S. doesn’t it?
Remember, “He/JACOB” is not one man. Jacob has long been deceased but His legacy or“seed” still lives on as a Singular Nation of “HE/ZION/ISRAEL.”
- “Hear ye this O house of “JACOB” which are “CALLED” by the name of “ISRAEL…” ISAIAH 48:1
Now come on? I am not that smart. Are you trying to tell me that our so called educated theologians never read this verse in context? Do they want us to believe after reading Isaiah’s own words here in this verse that he spoke of someone else? Yeah right! Let’s look at more words from Isaiah:
- “Hearken unto me “O’JACOB” and “ISRAEL “MY CALLED.” ISAIAH 48:12
- “I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called “HIM (JACOB) I have brought “HIM” and “HE” shall make “HIS” way prosperous.” ISAIAH 48:15
The use of “he and him” is a continual writing style of Isaiah’s when he is speaking of God’s singular servant Jacob/Israel in every chapter leading up to Chapter 53. Now you know…
- “…The Lord hath redeemed his “SERVANT JACOB.”ISAIAH 48:20
All throughout the book of Isaiah, he speaks only of Israel and Israel related issues. The other writers all agreed with Isaiah’s terminology. All of God’s Old Testament prophets are on one accord.
- 53:3 …We hid as it were our faces from HIM; HE was Despised, and we Esteemed HIM not.
This is the second part of verse 3. Remember the first half of the verse just told us that the“he” person became so ugly and undesirable because of their sins. Because of their ugliness they are despised and rejected by the other nations. When they needed help their old friends and allies suddenly hid their faces from them and wouldn’t come to their rescue. His friends no longer esteemed/respected him.
All those who used to love him, i.e. JACOB/ISRAEL and used to sing his/their praises now have turned their backs or seemingly hid their faces from Him/Israel. We all have been in this situation before haven’t we? When a friend or a loved one was in need, have you ever given them all you’ve had? Sadly, when you suddenly fell on hard times these same friends acted like you didn’t exist. You are walking down the streets and when they saw you coming they suddenly hid “as it were” their faces from you and suddenly had to leave to get away from you? Those low downing rates!
It’s amazing when you are the one destitute how quickly people will start to DESPISE you or no longer Esteem/Respect you either. That’s just the way people are and that’s the pain and reality Israel had to endure after they sinned against God and played the harlot to other nations.
Isaiah says these same so called “friends” turned their backs on them and hid “as it were” their faces from Jacob/Israel. Lamentations quotes Isaiah 53:3 almost verbatim:
- “JERUSALEM hath grievously sinned; therefore SHE is removed: all that “HONOURED” “HER DESPISE her because they have seen her nakedness:LAMENTATIONS 1:8
The once glorious nation of Israel is now despised by all that used to honor Her, Him, Them, Jacob, Israel or whatever word you or the writer choose to use. We are only up to verse 4 and yet you and I don’t have to guess what Isaiah is talking about.
Why has it taken regular Christian theologians so long to catch up to the truth? Well maybe you and I can help them along. Let’s continue:
- 53:4 Surely HE hath BORNE “OUR” GRIEFS, and carried our SORROWS:
Now verse 4 has always been a little confusing to most people.
The first thing you would have to ask is:
I. WHO is carrying the “GRIEF & SORROWS?
II. WHO exactly is doing the speaking in this verse?”
III. WHO is initially responsible for these “GRIEFS& SORROWS?
IV. Are these the “GRIEFS & SORROWS” of the whole world that Christianity claim Jesus accepted when He died on the cross?
All of these are very valid questions, so are there additional scriptures in the Old Testament that tell us almost word for word who it is that bears someone’s “grief & sorrows?” Yes there are and you are going to love them! Let’s take each question one by one and get the answers from the bible:
1. WHO is carrying the “GRIEFS & SORROWS?
It is Jacob/Israel that is suffering from this grief &sorrow and the rest of the bible lets us know this:
- “OUR fathers have sinned, and are not; and “WE”have “BORNE” “THEIR” Iniquities.” Lamentations 5:7
So now you see that it is a biblical fact that Israel is carrying these sins. The Old Testament writers acknowledge this point and try to put their suffering into perspective:
- “It is good for a “MAN” that “HE BEAR” the yoke of HIS youth.” Lamentations 3:27
- “It is good for “ME” that “I” have been “AFFLICTED”;that “I” might learn thy statutes.” Psalms 119:71
- “( I ) know O Lord that thy Judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast “AFFLICTED ME.” Psalms 119:75
- “Woe is (ME) for (MY) hurt! (MY) WOUND is(GRIEVOUS); but I said, truly this is a (GRIEF), and “I”must (BEAR IT).” Jeremiah 10:19
The Jews definitely knew what Isaiah was talking about in his text. As you can see, the other Old Testament Prophets who also suffered during Isaiah’s time wrote identical words…
2. WHO exactly is doing the speaking in this verse?”
Isaiah is speaking on behalf of himself and his fellow priests and prophets that cause Israel to have to bear this “grief & sorrow”in the first place. Jeremiah, the writer of the book of Lamentations confirms Isaiah’s words:
- “THIS was for the SINS of her PROPHETS and the INIQUITIES of her PRIESTS, who shed in the midst of “HER” the blood of the righteous.” LAMENTATIONS 4:13 RSV
We can’t give you any more insight to the truth than all of these verses. Are you starting to see why the Catholic Church false scribes didn’t want you to learn from the Old Testament? It is easy to write a new gospel and steal Old Testament verses and create a new man-god. When we study the verses in original context no preacher can mislead us again…
3. WHO is initially responsible for these “GRIEFS & SORROWS?
Again as you can see it was the priest and prophets that caused all of this ridiculousness in the first place. Israel suffered because these men of God chose not to teach the truth of the law of God. So God chose to punish all of the people rich, poor, young and old alike because they chose not to use common sense!
- “For Thus saith the LORD of hosts; As “I” thought to“PUNISH” “YOU,” when “YOUR FATHERS” provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not.” ZECHARIAH 8:14
After we have seen the truth as written by all of the prophet sin the Old Testament I’m sure there are a few of you who still want to believe the Catholic theologians when they claim Isaiah is speaking of a so-called“DUAL” prophecy. So we have to answer the last question too.
4. Are these the “GRIEFS & SORROWS” of the whole world that we in Christianity claim Jesus accepted when He died on the cross?
Did Isaiah say that Jesus was to carry the “grief & sorrow” or in other words the: “Sins” of each and every one of us that accept Him? The answer is no, he did not. Why would I say such a heresy? There are several reasons for me to honestly state this fact.
- Isaiah 53 is carried over in context from chapter 52
- When Isaiah writes about an actual Messiah/Anointed One, he specifically tells us in his text about that distinct individual. See the actual words Messiah in Chapters 44 and 45 concerning Cyrus.
- Isaiah never tells us in actual context in chapters 52 or 53 that he is talking about a soon to come Messiah and neither did Isaiah ever imply that one single man or Messiah would carry these “GRIEFS & SORROWS” that the Christendom claim.
Simply put there are no scriptures in the Old Testament that say God would let the responsibility of our PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE sins fall on the shoulders of one Messiah.Let’s put it in a true perspective:
a) If Jesus died for your sins then shouldn’t sin have ended by now? I know very well that I still sin, don’t you? We all at some point still sin.
b) If we still have to ask for forgiveness just like the people did before Jesus allegedly died on the cross for us, then what was the point of Him dying?
Please, Please, Please don’t say that through Jesus we now have an advocate to the Father who will plead our case to God. That makes no sense at all. That is Church Dogma; made up doctrine by the Catholic churches and adopted by every other religion that broke away and formed new denominations. I challenge anyone of any educational background to show me just one scripture that says we needed an “ADVOCATE” to the Father? You will never find this in the Old Testament because we didn’t need one. Sincere repentance reconnects you to the Father. No not the blood of Jesus and not the blood of animals either. Even the Old Testament tells us this fact. The Old Testament book of Samuel says the following key words:
- OBEDIENCE is better than “ANIMAL SACRIFICES!” 1st Samuel 15:22
Lastly, don’t forget the most damaging Old Testament scripture that proves Isaiah wasn’t speaking of Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed or any other man god dying for our sins:
- “If my People… would “HUMBLE” themselves and “PRAY” then will I hear from heaven and “I/YHWH” would “FORGIVE THEIR SINS” and I will heal their lands.”2ND Chronicles 7:14
So ask your Minister:
“Pastor, has YHWH God lost His power to forgive our sins like He said He would in the Old Testament and now has to send Jesus to do His work for Him?”
Now I warn you, they will look at you very strangely and think you are some sort of “SMART ALEC.” Also, ask them if there are any verses in the Old Testament that say we have lost our“CONNECTION” with God. They will give you a philosophical answer only. Feel free to put this book on hold until you have done more research on those questions. You can then pick up where you left off in this publication. Let’s get back to Isaiah’s words:
- “For the LORD will not cast off for ever: But though HE caused GRIEF yet will HE have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies for HE doth not AFFLICT willingly nor GRIEVE the CHILDREN of MEN.” Lamentations 3:31-33
Both Isaiah and Jeremiah are saying the same exact thing.
Now we see that it is ZION/ISRAEL that is to BEAR the grief and sorrows. Moses says that all of Israel is a “HE” the same as Isaiah does:
- For the LORD’S portion is His people; JACOB is the lot of his inheritance. He found “him” in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led “HIM”about, he instructed “HIM”, he kept “HIM” as the apple of his eye. DEUTERONOMY 32:9, 10
As we can see here from all the scriptures the “HE” and the “HIM” is JACOB/ISRAEL not JESUS! We have further proof straight from GOD:
- “But thou “ISRAEL” art my SERVANT JACOB whom I have “CHOSEN” the “SEED” of “ABRAHAM” my friend.” ISAIAH 41:8
- “Therefore fear thou not, O MY SERVANT JACOB saith the Lord: neither be dismayed,O ISRAEL for, lo I will save thee from afar, and THY SEED from the hand of their captivity and JACOB shall return and shall be in rest and be quiet, and none shall make HIM afraid.”Jeremiah 30:10
Here GOD makes it perfectly clear that the “SERVANT” is ISRAEL!
The “who” in question has been clearly answered for us. GOD says the “HE” and the “HIM” is ISRAEL not JESUS! Now you know…
- 53:4 …yet WE did ESTEEM him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
The “we” spoken of in this verse refers to the enemies of Israel. The other nations surrounding Israel esteemed or “assumed” they were destroyed because they sinned against their God. So in their minds they have no reason to feel they have done anything at all to offend Israel. Jeremiah confirms their enemy’s point of view.
- “All that found them have devoured them; and their ADVERSARIES SAID we offend not, because “THEY” have SINNED against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.” JEREMIAH 50:7
So as you can see Isaiah and Jeremiah make the same point. Even the enemies of Israel believe the Jews are suffering because of their own sins.
- “THEY”(enemies) have heard that “I” sigh: there is none to comfort ME: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; “THEY”are glad that “THOU” (GOD) hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.”LAMENTATIONS 1:21
- “All thine ENEMIES have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: “THEY” say, “WE” have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that “WE”looked for; “WE” have found, “WE” have seen it.” LAMENTATIONS 2:16
- “Now also many NATIONS are gathered against thee that SAY; Let HER be DEFILED, and let “OUR” eye look upon ZION.” Micah 4:11
God has shown us that the “WE” in context of this verse is the “ENEMY NATIONS” Enough said…
- 53:5 But HE was wounded for “OUR” Transgressions, HE was bruised for “OUR” Iniquities…
When Isaiah uses the word ‘our” in this passage he is giving a two fold answer. When Isaiah uses the “he” phrasing, he speaks about the suffering of the singular nation Jacob/Israel. When he uses the word “our” he tells us who is responsible for causing the wounds. So “he/Israel” was wounded and bruised because of “our” sins. In other words Israel suffered defeat and calamity because of the sins of their lying priest/prophets. Notice Isaiah’s exact words are also confirmed by the prophet Ezra below:
- “Since the days of “OUR FATHERS” have “WE” been in a great trespass unto this day; and for “OUR INIQUITIES” have “WE,” “OUR KINGS,” and “OUR PRIESTS” been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword to captivity, and to confusion of face, as it is, THIS DAY.” Ezra 9:7
Here is word for word confirmation straight from the bible. The book of Ezra gives a recap of the events from Isaiah’s scriptures. Are there any other writers who confirm the points of Isaiah and Ezra? Yes for Jeremiah says:
- “WE” have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.” Lamentations 3:42
Why did all of this happen you ask? Well the bible tells us why…
- “Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath AFFLICTED” “HER” for the multitude of “HER”Transgressions: “HER” children are gone into captivity before the enemy.” Lamentations 1:5
- “HORROR hath taken hold upon “ME” BECAUSE of the WICKED that forsake thy law.” PSALMS 119:53
- “OUR FATHERS” have sinned and are not: and “WE” have “BORNE “THEIR” INIQUITIES.” Lamentations 5:7
- “This was for the SINS of her “PROPHETS” and the INIQUITIES of her PRIESTS who shed in the midst of her the blood of the righteous. Lamentations 4:13 RSV
Wow! How do you argue with the truth? So here yet again other prophets confirm Isaiah’s words. Can God put an end to this mystery? Let’s see:
- “For Thus saith the LORD of hosts; As “I” thought to“PUNISH” “YOU,” when “YOUR FATHERS” provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not.” Zechariah 8:14
Now do you see? Even God confirms the message of Isaiah and the other prophets. God tells us clearly that it is He that punished the whole nation because of the sins of their fathers; the Priests and Prophets.
- 53:5 …the CHASTISEMENT of our PEACE was upon HIM; and with His STRIPES we are healed.
For clarity reasons I want to break down this verse into two parts.
- The punishment of our peace was upon him?
- And with his “stripes” we are healed.
This part of the verse reveals two things first:
Chastisement means: punishment. However when reading the King James’ version of this scripture it is confusing.
- The punishment of our peace was upon him?
Now what does the punishment of our peace mean? When you read other bibles the truth starts to unfold:
- …He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed–and we were healed! Isaiah 53:5 Living Bible
- …upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, Isaiah 53:5 Revised Standard
Now this makes more sense to me in context. Isaiah says He/Israel received the punishment that God inflicted on them so that they may-once again obey God which leads to peace. Do you remember the adage that says spare the Rod & Spoil the child?”
Well just like you are to spank or chastise disobedient children so that they will learn to obey and to do what is right God also loved-Israel so much that He had to spank or chastise Israel so that they too would learn obedience, gain correction from their sinful ways and once again have peace. This lesson that is in the book of Proverbs:
- My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs 3:12-13
- In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. Proverbs 10:13
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. Proverbs 13:24
- “For the “CHASTISEMENT” of MY PEOPLE has been greater than the punishment of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, though no hand was laid on it.” Lamentations 4:6
- “…the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?” Hebrews 12:6-7:
So as you can see when you disobey God there is much“pain/chastisement” before pleasure or peace.
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. Proverbs 15:10
- “Surely it is meet to be said unto God, “I” have BORNE CHASTISEMENT, “I” will not offend ANYMORE.” JOB 34:31
Wow! even Job learned this point about his “chastisement.” Enough said… Now for the second part…
- And with his “stripes” we are healed.
Just like the first half of the verse speaks of suffering so that Israel can finally have “peace,”the second half of the first verse puts the suffering into reflection or expression. By suffering they are healed from their evil ways. Time and time again God forewarned Israel that if they ever disobeyed His commandments, He would punish them severely with punishment/stripes and that He would administer this punishment by the stripes of men.I.e. by the hands of their enemies!
- If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the ROD and their iniquity with STRIPES. Psalms 89:30-32
- “I AM THE “MAN” that hath SEEN “AFFLICTION” by the ROD of HIS wrath. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely against me is He turned; He turneth His hand against me all the day.” Lamentations 3:1-3
- Judgments are prepared for scorners and STRIPES for the back of fools. Proverbs 19:29
- The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do STRIPES the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:30
- “I will bear the “INDIGNATION” of the LORD, because “I” have sinned against Him, until He plead “MY” cause, and execute judgment for “ME” He will bring “ME” forth to the light and “I” shall behold his righteousness.” MICAH 7:9
Can you argue with Micah when he admits that he has sinned against God? Jesus taught these Old Testament verses to the original Jews. Jesus says God will punish us with stripes according to our sins:
- And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many STRIPES. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few STRIPES. Luke 12:47
The Jews have always known what God’s words meant yet they continually chose to ignore Him and follow their own hearts:
- 53:6 All we like SHEEP have “GONE ASTRAY” we have turned every one to his own way…
This verse is self explanatory right? There is no dispute from anyone that Isaiah and Psalms are speaking about themselves as being the “Sheep” that have gone astray. It is Israel whosuffers for their Iniquities as a Nation.
- I have GONE ASTRAY like a lost SHEEP; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalms 119:176 KJV
- The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Psalms 58:3 KJV
- “Before “I” was afflicted (I) “WENT ASTRAY” but now have “I” kept thy word.” Psalms 119:67 KJV
The Psalmist new that he was punished because he disobeyed God’swords:
- 53:6 …and the LORD hath LAID on “HIM” the iniquity of “US” all.
Who has God laid INIQUITY upon? It is Israel! Isaiah lets us know that Israel as a whole will have to pay for the sins of their fathers. Isaiah repeats this prophetic proclamation just a few chapters later:
- Your iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom. Isaiah 65:7
As you can see from the verse above, Isaiah gives us his own definition of 53:6. Isaiah tells us that God punished the entire Jewish nation because of their sins and the sins of their fathers.That’s right, they all forgot about their God and decided to do their own thing:
- “OUR FATHERS” have sinned and are not: and “WE” have “BORNE “THEIR” INIQUITIES.” Lamentations 5:7
- “This was for the SINS of her “PROPHETS” and the INIQUITIES of her PRIESTS who shed in the midst of her the blood of the righteous. Lamentations 4:13 RSV
- “THOU broughtest “US” into the net: Thou “LAIDST ” AFFLICTION upon “OUR” loins.” PSALMS 66:11 KJV
How can you still argue about these verses when Isaiah repeats his statements again in the same context? Something is just wrong with that. So in conclusion: Who is the HIM that Isaiah claims the Iniquity has been laid upon? It is Israel and not Jesus. You as the reader only come to this conclusion because a so- called “new” Testament teaches you this. Without a new doctrine you would be open to learn the truth the way it was taught to Israel for centuries. Let’s continue…
- 53:7 HE was “OPPRESSED” and HE was “AFFLICTED,”
This cannot be Jesus because Jesus was not singularly oppressed as in context with Isaiah’s other 6 verses that leads up to this one. In this particular text it is clear that the verse speaks of Israel’s oppression by their enemies with God’s approval:
- “Wherefore hidest thou thy face and forgettest OUR AFFLICTION and OUR OPPRESION. PSALMS 44:24
You must remember that chapter 53 is a continuation from chapter 52.
Do you remember Isaiah’s conversation when he told us in the prior chapter about the two other times Israel was oppressed and taken away without a reason?
- “For thus saith the LORD GOD, MY PEOPLE went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there: and the ASSYRIAN “OPPRESSED” HIM WITHOUT CAUSE. Isaiah 52:4-5 KJV
Are you noticing the same “him” characterization in the above chapter? As you can see, Isaiah is still addressing the entire nation of Israel/Jacob as a singular he and him all throughout his verses. Chapter 53 is only one chapter away from chapter 52.This should not be that hard to understand! If Isaiah’s conversation all throughout his text has been about the Jewish nation, what on earth would make you believe he would suddenly switch his thoughts and conversation in midstream and tell us of a futuristic prophecy about Jesus?Does that make any sense to you now? Sorry, that is just plain stupid. God is not the author of confusion and neither is Isaiah in his text! In the scripture below the Psalmist repeats Isaiah’s words almost verbatim!
- “Let not them that are “MINE” enemies wrongfully rejoice over “ME” neither let them wink with the eye that hates “ME” WITHOUT A CAUSE.” Psalms 35:19 KJV
The Psalmist makes it clear for us that the Egyptians and the Assyrians once oppressed him/Israel.No one can argue this point especially when GOD made it so clear when He says:“MY PEOPLE are taken for nothing.”
Now that you know the facts, Isaiah’s next verse will really become clearer to you:
- 53:7 …Yet HE did not open His mouth, Like a LAMB that is LED to SLAUGHTER, and like a SHEEP that is silent before its shearers.“
Now if in verse 53:6 Isaiah said Israel was the “SHEEP” then we must also understand that verse (7) has to be about Israel as well. Here is confirmation from other writers who tell us that Israel is the suffering “SHEEP”:
- “Thou makest us (Israel) to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. Thou hast GIVEN us (Israel) like “SHEEP” appointed for MEAT; and hast scattered us among the heathen. Thou sellest thy PEOPLE for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.” Psalm 44:10-12 KJV
Same Sheep same circumstances…
- “Yea for thy sake are we (Israel) KILLED all the day long; we (Israel) are counted as SHEEP for the SLAUGHTER.” PSALMS 44:22
For “GOD’S SAKE” or for God’s purpose and decreed judgment it is Israel that is afflicted and LED as LAMBS to the SLAUGHTER. Jeremiah confirms this even stronger:
- “But ( I ) was a LAMB or an OX that is brought to the Slaughter and ( I ) knew not that they had devised devices against ME, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the LAND of the LIVING. That HIS name may be no more remembered.” Jeremiah 11:19 KJV
Can you argue with the truth as God is showing us? Jeremiah makes it perfectly clear that he is speaking about Israel being as LAMBS led to the SLAUGHTER! In no way can this be mistaken as the great Deceptive lie of the New Testament!
- 53:7 …so he did not open his mouth.”
Christian sing a song in church about Jesus that says:
“He never said a mumbling word.” We know that Jesus had much to say when He was taken captive! Jesus spoke in His own defense over and over. So much so Jesus was punched in the mouth for His words. See John18:22. Jesus was NEVER silent! Check out these particular facts on that subject:
- Matt. 27:46 Mark 14:48- 49, Luke 22:53, Luke 22:67-70. Luke 23:28-31, John 18:19-23 & 36-37.
Jesus NOT only defended Himself of the false charges but also asks questions as to why He was receiving such abuse for teaching the true word of God.
Since we have this information we can now see that Isaiah 53:7 is not a future prophecy of Jesus. Clearly this scripture speaks of Israel’s silence as they are being led away by their enemies into bondage. Even the Hebrews knew this point and gave us testimony to the fact:
- “I was “DUMB, I opened not my mouth because “THOU”“DIDST IT.” PSALMS 39:9
- “I” was DUMB WITH SILENCE “I” held “MY” peace, even from good and “MY” sorrow was stirred.” PSALMS 39:2
- “Thus saith the LORD; though “THEY” be “QUIET”, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though “I” have afflicted thee I will afflict thee no more.” NAHUM 1:12
- “But “I” as a “DEAF MAN”, heard not; and “I” was as aDUMB “MAN” that OPENETH NOT HIS MOUTH. Thus “I” was as a “MAN” that heareth not and in whose “MOUTH” are NO REPROOFS.” PSALMS 38:13, 14
There you have it! The Psalmist tells us that Israel didn’t open their mouths nor was there any reproof/fault in their mouths. They always knew that it was God that allowed their enemies to destroy them. Once again just in case you missed the truth, why didn’t they open their mouth?The Psalms answers that question for us also:
- “I was “DUMB, I opened not my mouth because “THOU”“DIDST IT.” PSALMS 39:9
So now we know why Isaiah says that He/Israel did not open his/their mouths.According to the Psalmist he and all of Israel knew that this punishment from God was because of their own disobedience enough said…
- 53:8 HE was taken from PRISON and from JUDGMENT: and who shall declare HIS GENERATION…
Now here lies the trickery in the King James’ Translation of this scripture. The King James Bible translated the first part of this verse as
“He was taken from “PRISON” and from “JUDGMENT.”
Christians believe this verse is proof of a prophecy concerning Jesus. The Hebrew writing does NOT say he was taken from “PRISON.” The Hebrew says that He was taken by “OPPRESSION!” This means that he/Israel was taken by physical FORCE!” Wow! This is a big difference and changes the Christian doctrine tremendously. So how did we get the word prison in place of the word oppression?
The King James theologians purposely changed the true definition of the word and strategically placed the wrong word in the bibles to make us believe this was to be a prophecy about Jesus. Other Christian bibles confirm that oppression was the correct definition word too:
By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? (NASB ©1995)
By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?
They took away from him help and right, and who gave a thought to his fate? For he was cut off from the land of the living: he came to his death for the sin of my people.
He was taken from oppression and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
By restraint and by judgment he hath been taken, And of his generation who doth meditate, That he hath been cut off from the land of the living? By the transgression of My people he is plagued,
By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living? For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And finally the true words by the very Hebrew writers which says:
By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and with his generation who did reason? For he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due.
So what is now learned from this?
As you can see this story is still about the Jews. Isaiah said the Jews were taken away into captivity by brute force i.e. by their “enemies.” They were NOT taken away from prison or from judgment but by “JUDGMENT.” Whose judgment was this? It was by the judgment of YHWH/God. Israel suffered because of their sins against Him. The Greco-Roman writers purposely use this mistranslated verse as proof that Jesus was taken from a prison cell to have a corrupt trial. Now you can see just how evil Christians are!!!!
There are four things going on in this verse and that person or entity has to answer all four points in context with all the other verses as well and they are:
1. This entity was taken away by oppression.
2. There was a judgment decreed.
3. The oppression is for a certain “generation” of people.
4. This happened because of their transgressions/sins.
Have you ever read any biblical verse where Jesus ever said He was a king? What about a verse where Jesus was taken from rulership by anyone? No! of course not. By Jesus’ own testimony He never had rights to ruler ship or judgment, at least not on the “first coming.” See,e.g., John 3:17; John 8:15; John 12:47; John 18:36. So in context Israel, God’s suffering servant was taken away by oppression.
- “I” have done “JUDGMENT” and “JUSTICE” leave me not to mine OPPRESSORS. Be surety for thy SERVANT for good; let not the proud “OPPRESS ME.” Psalms 119:121-122
- Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD “MY” God, “MINE” Holy One? “WE” shall not die, O LORD; thou hast ordained “THEM” for “JUDGMENT; and, O mighty God, thou hast established “THEM” for “CORRECTION. Zechariah 1:12
So remember, Israel was taken by oppression or by brute force into captivity. This point ties into the second half of verse 8 which asks the following question:
- 53:8 …who shall declare HIS GENERATION?
Is all of this starting to make sense to you now? Israel was taken by oppression into captivity and Isaiah is wondering who will rescue this generation of people from this oppression? Jesus did not rescue His generation-from oppression. Even after Jesus’ alleged death His generation was still under Roman authority and oppression. So we must understand that this is positively speaking about God rescuing the generation or heritage of Israel not the generation of Jesus. Look as the scriptures tell us the truth all by themselves:
- Thou shalt keep “THEM” O LORD, thou shalt “PRESERVE THEM” from “THIS GENERATION” for ever. Psalms 12:7
- This is the “GENERATION” of “THEM” that seek him, that seek thy face “O JACOB” Selah. Psalms 23:6
- Who is a God like unto thee, that “PARDONETH” Iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the “REMNANT” of his“HERITAGE?” He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” Micah 7:18
I love it when the Old Testament writers all stand together so that no one can deceive those who read for a true understanding. So as you can see from the first two parts of verse 8 we have learned that Israel was taken by oppression or brute force and Isaiah wanted to know who would declare their generation. This leads us to the third part of verse 8 where Isaiah gives us the reason why he/Jacob/Israel had to suffer such awful destruction:
- 53:8 …For he was CUT OFF out of the LAND OF THE LIVING: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
From the scriptures we see that Israel not Jesus was cut off out of the Land of the living. Because of their sins they were Afflicted:
- He hath CUT OFF in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about. Lamentations 2:3
- Therefore will I do unto this “HOUSE,” which is called by my name; wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers as I have done to Shiloh and I will
“CAST BUYOUT” of my sight, as I have “CAST OUT” all your Brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Jeremiah 7:14.15
- But thou hast CAST OFF, and put US to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. Psalms 44:9
- “And ( I ) will strengthen the house of “JUDAH”, and I will save the house of Joseph and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them and “THEY” shall be as though I had not CAST THEM OFF for I am the LORD Their God, and will hear them. Zechariah 10:6
- For the LORD will not CAST OFF for ever: Lamentations 3:31
God has shown us that it is ISRAEL and not Jesus that is-cut off:
- But (I) was a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter and(I) knew not that they had devised devices against (ME),saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us(CUT HIM OFF) from the LAND OF THE LIVING. That (HIS)name may be no more remembered. Jeremiah 11:19
- They have said, Come, and let us “CUT THEM OFF” from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalms 82:4
- I will walk before the “LAND OF THE LIVING.” I believe, therefore have I spoken: “I” was greatly “AFFLICTED. Psalms 116:9-10
As you can see the Hebrews knew that God would severely punish them for their disobedience. It doesn’t matter which words you choose to use such as cast off, cut him off or even cast him off. The truth is the Psalmist tells us that God forewarned all of them that He would cut them out of the land of the living if they didn’t obey His laws and statutes.
- God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. Psalms 52:5
Ezekiel is another great Prophet who also prophesied Babylon would conquer Israel and attempt to cut them off from the land of the living.
- They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: (HE/ISRAEL) is put in the midst of them that be slain. Ezekiel 32:25
There are prophecies of the unrighteous being cut off all throughout the Old Testament books. The Old Testament bible repeatedly says that if a descendant of David is righteous, he will not be cut off. For example, see 1st Kings2:4, 8:25, and 9:4-5; Jeremiah 33:17;2Chronicles 6:16,7:18. If a descendant of David or priests is unrighteous, they will be cut off. For example, see Jeremiah 33:18;Joel 1:9.Therefore, if this verse is speaking of Jesus being cut off, then that must mean he was unrighteous and was cut off from his royal heritage. Sorry folks! These are not prophecies about Jesus. Now we can move on to the next verse and see the damage that their sins caused them:
- 53:9 HE made HIS GRAVE with the wicked, and with the rich in his death…
“Did Jesus share a grave with the WICKED and the RICH in HIS death?” Of course not!!!! Does that even make any sense to you now? Christian theologians want us to be that the two thieves crucified with Jesus carries out the first part of this scripture and a “rich” man by the name of Joseph of Arimathaea fulfils the second part of the verse. That is totally ridiculous! Isaiah tells us that Israel disobeyed the ordinances of God and started learning and practicing the ways of the unclean heathen nations.
- “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will PUNISH ALL “THEM” which are CIRCUMCISED (WITH) the Uncircumcised. Jeremiah 9:25
We have all heard people say things like: “You are guilty by association.”\
If you hang out with drug dealers or prostitutes then you will be assumed to be one and will suffer the same punishment that they will receive!
- Egypt, and JUDAH, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these NATIONS are uncircumcised, and All the house of ISRAEL are uncircumcised in the heart.” Jeremiah 9:26
Notice how Jeremiah repeats Isaiah’s words and says Israel will suffer the same punishment of death/grave as the other wicked nations! Guess what? Other prophets repeated Isaiah 53:9 too!
- They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: (HE/ISRAEL) is put in the midst of them that be slain. Ezekiel 32:25
Ezekiel gives us the same prophecy of dieing with the wicked/uncircumcised as Isaiah and Jeremiah. Notice the last part of the verse tells us that he will be added in the midst of them that are to be slain. Read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 32 and see what also happened in this prophecy.
Now Job also forewarned Israel their disobedience would cause them to die alongside the wicked and unclean.
- But if THEY obey not they shall perish by the sword and They shall DIE without knowledge. THEY DIE in youth, and Their life is AMONG the UNCLEAN. Job 36:12, 14
Notice how Job knew that if he and the other Hebrews disobeyed God that He would punish them right alongside the other filthy, unclean nations?
God says that He will punish them for learning and doing the evils of the Gentile Nations. The funny thing is, the people being punished knew exactly why they were being punished and also told us the true interpretation about who MADE their graves with the wicked and unclean as in Isaiah 53:9:
- For “MY SOUL is full of troubles and MY LIFE draweth nigh unto the GRAVE. “I AM” counted with “THEM” that go down into the “PIT” “I AM” as a “MAN” that hath no strength.”Psalms 88:3, 4
All I can say after reading this verse is: “Wow!” So as we can see it is Israel that is counted among “them/SINNERS” or the wicked that go down into-the grave. Let’s continue with their confession:
- “Free among the “DEAD,” like the slain that lie in the“GRAVE,” whom thou rememberest “NO MORE” and “THEY” are “CUT OFF” from thy hand. Thou hast “LAID ME” in the “LOWEST PIT,” in “DARKNESS” in the deeps. And thou hast“AFFLICTED ME” with all thy waves. Psalms 88:5-7
You know these scriptures give a new meaning to the old phrase:
“You made your bed/grave now “LIE IN IT!”
Now as concerning dieing with the rich men the bible tells the Hebrews of taking care of the widows and the fatherless. By doing this you are performing the works of the law. Jesus even gave two distinct parables of the horrible death of the rich in their graves:
- And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a RICH man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24
- …the RICH man also DIED, and was buried; And in Hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments. Luke 16:22-23
So according to Jesus the rich are evil, wicked and will never see the kingdom of Heaven. Interesting isn’t it? Are you-listening “prosperity” preachers?
Jesus, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the Psalmist all tell the truth. Now we know the true meaning of Isaiah’s verse. It was the nation of Jacob/Israel and not Jesus that “MADE” their bed with the wicked men and with the evil rich. God says those who repent and turn back to Him, will return to their homelands. To those who will not repent they will share their graves with theWICKED and RICH! Enough said…
- 53:9 …although HE had done no violence, neither was any deceit in HIS mouth.
Even though on the outside Israel never raised a hand in violence or spoke deceitful lies against any other nation, Israel’s enemies have taken them in to captivity. This all happened because they dishonored their God. Look at the corresponding verses below as God takes credit for their suffering!
- Thus saith the LORD; though “THEY” be “QUIET”, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though “I” have AFFLICTED THEE, I will afflict thee no more. Nahum 1:12
- Mine enemies chased ME sore, like a bird, WITHOUT CAUSE.They have cut off “MY LIFE” in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon ME. Lamentations 3:52-53
- Let the proud be ashamed for they dealt perversely with “ME”WITHOUT A CAUSE: but “I” will meditate in thy precepts.Psalms 119:78
- “All thy commandments are faithful: “they” persecute “ME”WRONGFULLY; help thou “ME.” Psalms 119:86
So as you can see God afflicted Israel because they sinned against Him and not because they spoke deceitfully against other nations. Isaiah knew this and then tells us God’s response in the very next verse:
- 53:10 …yet it PLEASED THE LORD to bruise HIM; “HE” hath put HIM to GRIEF:
Wow! I’m really, really excited about this one!
Now if you have read this verse and the one before this one together you start to get a clearer understanding of the text! Remember verse 9 told us that the “he” entity had to endure death and suffering a midst other wicked men and also death with wicked rich men. Oh Wait! Here’s the clincher! God says in verse 10 that God took immense “PLEASURE” in making the “him” entity suffer such death and agony! Huh? Just repeat that to yourself for a moment:
God took pleasure in making him suffer.
God took pleasure in making him suffer?
OH MY GOSH!
God took “PLEEEEEEEASURE” in making him suffer!!!
Wow, what an amazing revelation for us! As concerning Jesus ask yourself:
- “Why would God get so much satisfying “pleasure” out of causing his son such PAIN and inflicting so much GRIEF on Him?
Even if Jesus’ death was for a good cause such as dieing for the sins of mankind would God actually take pleasure out of making Jesus suffer? Of course not! That theology has to be themost asinine doctrine of any church in the world!
People, Isaiah is not prophesying about Jesus at all. The scriptures as written speak of God’s decision to turn His back on Israel because of their sins and misbehavior. Israel started to think that they were above God’s laws and statutes. God decided to punish Israel with the help of their enemies and have a good pleasurable laugh-at Israel’s grief! Both YHWH and the victims also confirm this fact:
- Because “I” have called, and ye “REFUSED” “I” have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded 26, “I” will “LAUGH” at your “CALAMITY,” “I” will “MOCK” when your fear cometh. Proverbs 1:24&26
GOD is laughing and taking great “PLEASURE” at Israel’s terrible CALAMITY/GRIEF! Oh my!
- Thou didst say, Woe is “ME” now! For the “LORD” hath added “GRIEF” to (MY) “SORROW,” I fainted in my sighing, and “I” find no rest. Jeremiah 45:2, 3
- The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. Psalms37:13
- But Zion said, The LORD hath “FORSAKEN” me, and my Lord hath FORGOTTEN me. Isaiah 49:14
So who is this “he” entity that is suffering at the hands of God? Let’s listen to someone that can testify about it:
- I AM THE “MAN” that hath SEEN “AFFLICTION” by the rod of His wrath. He hath LED “ME”, and brought “ME” into darkness, but not into light. Surely against “ME” is He turned; He turneth His hand against “ME” all the day. Lamentations 3:1-3
Jeremiah says he along with his fellow Jews are the ones suffering this terrible affliction. All of the Prophets knew God placed this on them:
- Thus saith the LORD of hosts; “I WAS JEALOUS” for “HER”with great fury. Zechariah 8:2
- And the “LORD” REJECTED all the SEED of “ISRAEL”, and“INFLICTED THEM” and DELIVERED them into the hand of Spoilers, until HE had (CAST THEM) OUT OF HIS SIGHT.2nd KINGS 17:20
Now you can see how all of these verses have added upto Israel the suffering servant being punished by God for their sins.However God made a promise to David that He would not cast off or kill all of the children of Israel. God promised David that if they would again repent and turn from their wicked ways, then He would once again return them home and they would see their seed again. The second part of verse 10 confirms this point:
- 53:10 …When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, HE shall see HIS SEED, HE shall prolong HIS DAYS,
Here is yet another amazing and damaging verse to modern day Christianity!
So what exactly is Isaiah trying to say in this verse?
- Someone will offer his and/or their soul as an offering atonement for sin.
- Once they have atoned for their sins they will be able to once again see their children.
- If they atone for their sins their days/life spans will be “PROLONGED.”
Does this verse apply to Israel or does it apply to Jesus? When you break down the verse you start to see the truth, don’t you? Notice clearly this verse is a promise from God which says that once this person offers his soul to God in atonement for sin, he will once again be able to see his “CHILDREN.” Now what does this particular passage mean when it says they will be able to “see their children?” I suddenly rub my chin as though I am in deep thought.
Again according to Isaiah, someone was supposed to do something to “GET” something. This verse eliminates Jesus from the entire prophetic equation!
Did Jesus have children? No!!!! Then how can He make His soul an offering in order to see his children? This is making you think right?
Even more, tell me, how is it that this man whom Christians claim to be an actual all knowing Omnipotent/All Powerful God be able to:
“PROLONG HIS DAYS?”
Doesn’t omnipotent mean everlasting? Huh? So how can an everlasting God’s days be prolonged? Again how can you prolong everlasting? Duh!Does that make any sense to you now?
God is forever; but whoever this person or persons may be that Isaiah speaks of in verse 53:10 is not eternal at all! Are you finally seeing how ridiculous our Greco-Roman inspired theology has been?
Isaiah was not giving a new prophecy in verse 10. Isaiah was merely reminding the Jews of the benefits of sin atonement. This is the same warning Moses also gave them about never turning away from God:
- And he said unto them, set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your CHILDREN to observe to do, all the words of this LAW. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is YOUR LIFE: and through this thing ye shall “PROLONG YOUR DAYS” in the LAND, whither ye go over Jordan to Possess it. Deuteronomy 32:46, 47
Notice how Moses was the first one to use all of these same keywords in his text long before Isaiah?
So permit me to give you the entire verse again for key word comparison:
- When thou(ISRAEL) shalt make his(YOUR) soul an offering for sin,HE(ISRAEL) shall see HIS(YOUR) SEED, he(ISRAEL) shall PROLONG HIS DAYS and the pleasure of the Lord shall PROSPER in HIS hand.Isaiah 53:10
As you can see Moses and Isaiah are on the same page. Let’s explore a little more so that I may show you that the other Prophets have repeated these same words in identical context.
After making a sin offering to God for His soul three thing swill happen:
1. He/Israel will once again see their SEED/children.
a) Only after repenting and fearing God will they be able to see their seed/children once again.
- Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the (MAN) that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments (HIS SEED) shall be mighty upon the earth; the GENERATION of the upright shall be blessed.Psalms 112:1-3
- But thou are the same, and “THY YEARS” shall have “NO END”. The CHILDREN of thy servants shall continue and THEIR SEED shall be established before thee. Psalms 102:27-28
Here the Psalmist repeats the words of Moses and Isaiah and tells us those that keep God’s law will see their children grow mighty and be blessed.
- Therefore thus saith the Lord who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, JACOB(ISRAEL) shall not be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he seeth HIS CHILDREN the work of mine hands, in the midst of HIM, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of JACOB, and shall fear the God of ISRAEL.THEY that also “ERRED” in spirit shall come to UNDERSTANDING,and they that murmured shall LEARN DOCTRINE. Isaiah 29:22:24
Can you argue with Isaiah when he is the one giving us the definition of his own words?
2. He/Jacob shall prolong his days.
b) Again only after giving God an atonement offering for their disobedience will He/Israel be able to prolong his/their days.
This is a clear biblical fact supported with many other biblical texts:
- If they obey and serve him, they shall spend THEIR DAYS in Prosperity and their YEARS in pleasures. Job 35:11
- “He weakened my strength in the way, HE SHORTENED MY DAYS, I said, O my God, take “ME” not away in the midst of MY DAYS: thy YEARS are throughout ALL GENERATIONS. Psalms 102:23-24
3. God’s ministry shall prosper in his hand.
When Israel shall make the SIN OFFERING, Israel will redeem their family heritage and dwellin peace:
- Therefore thus saith THE LORD, who REDEEMED Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he/Jacob seeth (HIS) CHILDREN the work of mine hands, in the midst of (HIM), they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. (THEY) that also “ERRED” in spirit shall come to Understanding, and (THEY) that murmured shall LEARN DOCTRINE. Isaiah 29:22:24
We do not have to guess about Isaiah’s prophecies when he has already given us its meaning. These verses have all of the same attributes of Isaiah 53 verse 10. The Jews will realize that they’ve made a mistake and erred in spirit. They will offer up a repentance sacrifice and learn how to obey their God as Isaiah 29:22 tells us, and start following God’s laws once again.
By obeying God’s word the Jews were redeemed from suffering, saw that their children’s lives were spared, and their days prolonged all by the power of God.
- Then answered “I” them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will “PROSPER US;” therefore “WE” (HIS) “SERVANTS” will arise and build; but “YE” have no “PORTION” nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 2:20
- THEIR “CHILDREN” also multipliest thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest “THEM” into the “LAND,” concerning which thou hast promised to “THEIR FATHERS,” that “THEY” should go in to POSSES IT. Nehemiah 9:23
As you can now see verse 10 is about the Jews and not a prophecy of Jesus.
- 53:11 “HE” shall see of the TRAVAIL of “HIS” soul, and shall be SATISFIED:
After putting his soul through so much unnecessary heartache,he/Jacob learns a valuable lesson from God. Isaiah repeats this point in later chapters:
- And if thou draw out thy “SOUL” to the hungry, and “SATISFY” the “AFFLICTED SOUL,” then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the Lord shall guide“THEE” continually, and “SATISFY THY SOUL” in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58:10, 11
Isaiah the original writer makes it clear what he was speaking of!
- Wherefore have “WE” fasted, say “THEY”, and thou seest not? Wherefore have “WE” (AFFLICTED) “OUR SOUL”, and thou takes no knowledge.” ISAIAH 58:3
- Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a “MAN” to Afflict (HIS) SOUL,” ISAIAH 58:5
Isn’t it funny that Isaiah clearly explained his own writings yet since it didn’t fit our theology, we choose to ignore it? This is not brain surgery people! Isaiah already told us that it is was Israel’s soul that was suffering from affliction and not Jesus! Will you please listen to him?
- It is good for “ME” that “I” have been AFFLICTED; that “I” might learn thy statutes. PSALMS 119:71
- Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good? Wherefore doth a living “MAN” complain, a “MAN” for the punishment of “HIS SINS?” Let US SEARCH and TRY OUR WAYS, and TURN AGAIN to the LORD. Let US lift up Our heart with OUR hands unto God in the heavens. “WE”have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. Lamentations 3:38-42
- “I know O Lord that thy Judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast “AFFLICTED ME.” PSALMS 119:75
- I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. Psalms 119:59-61
Can we argue with the Hebrew writers when they tell us they are the ones who suffered because of their own sins? The Scriptures tell us that God made Israel suffer their “WOUND”themselves for their transgressions and SINS not JESUS, as the New Testament would have us to believe. God said that if Israel sinned He would punish them with the rod of their enemies and their iniquity with the stripes/whips of men.
- “If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their “TRANSGRESSION” with the “ROD” and their “INIQUITY” with “STRIPES,” PSALMS 89:31, 32
Now you can see why Isaiah’s writings were never confusing to the Jews. They knew exactly what he was speaking of in context. Isaiah 53 is merely confirming the “P.P.P” or the Prophetic Promise of Punishment. They disobeyed and had to suffer at the hands of their enemies!
- LORD “MY” God, (I) cried unto thee, and thou hast HEALED ME. PSALMS 30:2
- I acknowledged “MY SIN” unto thee and “MINE” iniquity have I not hid. “I SAID,” I will confess “MY” transgressions unto the LORD; and thou Forgavest the iniquity of “MY SIN” Selah.PSALMS 32:5
- I REMEMBERED thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted MYSELF. PSALMS 119:52
The Servant/ISRAEL shall see the Affliction/SUFFERING/PAIN of His soul. When they Repent and turn back to God, the Servant’s SOUL shall receive comfort from YHWH and be in rest.
- 53:11 By “HIS KNOWLEDGE” shall my righteous “SERVANT” JUSTIFY many;
Note again the IN-correct translation based upon the Hebrew translation: “the Servant will cause many to be just” he will not…. “Justify the many.”
This cannot be Jesus because it is through “KNOWLEDGE” that the servant justifies many people not by an Alleged Death on a Cross!
- And “THEY” shall “TEACH” my people the difference between the HOLY and Profane, and “CAUSE” them to discern between the unclean and the clean. Ezekiel 44:23
Israel is to serve as a “light to the nations” which will ultimately lead the world to knowledge of the One True God of Abraham. Even though they are AFFLICTED at the hands of their oppressors, they are to lead by example and preserve the word of God:
Now let’s see more of the Servant‘s Knowledge:
- I have more “UNDERSTANDING” than all “MY” teachers: for thy testimonies are “MY” meditations. I “UNDERSTAND” more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained “MY” feet from every “EVIL” way, that “I” might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thouhast “TAUGHT ME. Psalms 119:98-102
Now that is true knowledge don’t you agree? I mean if Israel can learn these principles of God they will live a righteous life. Let’s see if Israel will cause many to be “JUST”:
- Behold “HIS SOUL” which is lifted up is not upright in “HIM”:but the “JUST” shall live by (HIS) “FAITH. Habakkuk2:4
- Then will (I) “TEACH” transgressors thy ways; and Sinners shall be “CONVERTED” unto thee. PSALMS 51:13
I love it when the scriptures come together in agreement…
Can you argue with these answers? As you can see, Israel is the one who shall cause many to become “JUST” by their faith and knowledge of YHWH.
- A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through KNOWLEDGE shall the JUST be delivered.Proverbs 11:8
- Arise, shine: for thy light, is come and the GLORY of the Lord is risen upon thee. ForBEHOLD, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: But the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon THEE. And the GENTILES SHALL COME TO (THY LIGHT), and kings to the brightness of thy rising Isaiah 60:1-3
Again, who does God say is the Light of the World? That’s right ISRAEL is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD! It is Israel that will cause many to become JUST, NOT JUSTIFY THE MANY, as the alleged writers of the New Testament would have US believe! Hallelujah! God reveals truth!
- 53:11 …for HE shall “BEAR THEIR INIQUITIES.”
Again notice that it is by this person’s knowledge that causes many people to be just and he shall bear their iniquities. Who is the “HE” that shall BEAR their Iniquities? It is all of Israeli.e., the people, their Leaders and their priests that shall bear their-iniquities not Jesus.
Why did God let this happen? Well I’ll let God Himself tell you the reason:
- And if the “PROPHET” be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon “HIM” and will destroy “HIM” from the midst of my people Israel. And “THEY” shall “BEAR” the punishment of THEIR INIQUITY.” The punishment of the “PROPHET” shall be “EVEN” as the punishment of “HIM’ that seeketh unto“HIM. Ezekiel 14:9, 10
God made it clear to Israel the consequences of listening to their false Priest and Prophets God clearly told the Jews that if they chose to listen to these false Prophets that the false prophets would die and the people would have to bear the iniquity of their prophets too!
- And the “LEVITES” that are gone away far from me, when “ISRAEL” went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols: they even they shall even BEAR THEIR INIQUITY.Ezekiel 44:10
- Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of ISRAEL to fall into INIQUITY, therefore have I lifted up mine hand against “THEM,” saith the Lord GOD, and they shall “BEAR THEIR INIQUITY. Ezekiel 44:12
- And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a “PRIEST” unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall “BEAR THEIR SHAME,”and “THEIR ABOMINATIONS” which they have committed.Ezekiel 44:13
- Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of ISRAEL upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt “BEAR THEIR INIQUITY.Ezekiel 4:4
- And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt “BEAR THEIR INIQUITY of the house of JUDAH forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.Ezekiel 4:6
It is Israel and the Levite Priest that Isaiah was referring to that was to bear the iniquity and shame of their sins and the sins of their brothers that went astray. Sorry this was not a future prophecy concerning Jesus.
- 53:12 Therefore will “I” divide HIM a Portion with the GREAT and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out His SOUL unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and HE BARE the Sin of many, and made intercession “FOR” the transgressors.
Listen to these key phrases in this verse:
1. Divide him a “PORTION” with the GREAT.And Divide the “SPOIL” with the strong.
2. BECAUSE he has poured out his soul unto death.
3. He was NUMBERED with the transgressors.
4. He bare the sins of “MANY.”
5. He made INTERCESSION for the transgressors.
Now this is a good summarizing verse from Isaiah. He tries to put everything into perspective for us. So let’s examine the meaning of the highlighted words in scriptural context:
God says the word: “Therefore.” This is a continuation of verse 11. So Therefore God will divide a PORTION of the SPOILS of war between the “He”character and between the Great? Huh?Now if Jesus is God as Christians claim, then please answer the following questions for me:
- Who is God dividing a portion with?
- Who are the great ones that God is dividing the spoils of war with?
- Who is as great as God?
- If the whole earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof(Psalms 24:1) and we Christians believe Jesus is supposed to be God, then explain why God would be divide up that which is already His?
As you can see these questions negate Isaiah’s prophecy relating to Jesus.
The truth is God is dividing the spoils of war with regular humans. Isaiah was speaking about the Levite Priests of Israel that bear the iniquity and shame of their brethren who led the people astray:
- But YE shall be named the “PRIESTS” of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: YE shall eat the “Riches” of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For Your SHAME ye shall have DOUBLE; and for confusion they shall rejoice in THEIR PORTION: therefore in THEIR Land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto THEM. Isaiah 61:6-7
So this “HIM” was among those who violated God’s laws, commands or duties. God says that this “HE” entity bore the sins of many and will have a great PORTION added to them.
Now did these priests of Israel receive the portions,as God said they would? Let’s see:
- The holy “PORTION” of the LAND shall be for the “PRIESTS”the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the LORD: and it shall be a place for “THEIR HOUSES” houses, and a holy place for the sanctuary. Ezekiel 45:4
There’s your answer from God up front and personal. Now remember there are more people getting in on the goodies from God. Judah and Jerusalem also get an inheritance from God!
- And the LORD shall inherit (JUDAH) “HIS” “PORTION” in the holy land, and shall choose “JERUSALEM” again. Zechariah 2:12
So Israel is to receive this dynamic blessing from God not Jesus. As we can see the Priests and Judah and Israel received their Portions from the Lord. We can see that Isaiah has no prophecies of Jesus in any of his scriptures.
Traditional Judaism never believed that there would be a supernatural virgin-born Messiah who would be killed as atonement for their sins.
In (Jeremiah. 23:5-6, Isaiah11:1-9, 2:1-4, Ezekiel 37:21-28,) the true messianic prophecy scriptures, this had always been the Jewish understanding of Messiah.
The Jews-always knew that Isaiah 53 referred to the suffering of the Jewish people all along. It changed only after the sons of Satan i.e. the ROMAN EMPIRE, infiltrated and wrote a false New Testament gospel. The Greco-Roman Church lied and arrogantly tried to make us all believe they had more knowledge than the Jews. Are we supposed to listen to the very people that attempted to kill all of the genuine follower of Jesus? Does that make any sense to you now?
GOD Isaiah chapter 54, which Scholars agree is a continuance of 53, ends in GOD’S OWN WORDS!
- And all THY CHILDREN shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the PEACE of THY CHILDREN. Isaiah 54:13
- This is the HERITAGE of the (SERVANTS) of the LORD and(THEIR) righteousness is of ME, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
You have heard it directly from GOD’S mouth. God’s Covenant is withTHEM, JUDAH and ISRAEL.
What reason would God send Jesus to deliver you from the Laws as Paul says?
God says you can follow His perfect laws! Will you ARGUE WITH HIM?
I say again Fast, Pray, and Study. Read for yourself to find the truth that God has for each and every one of us.
Rabbi Michael Skobac de-consturcts the Missionary interpretation of this passage and clearly shows how Isaiah 53 can only refer to Israel and cannot refer to the Messiah.
THE SUFFERING SERVANT :
PART 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioDqH7TAQhM
PART 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX8e0IXc4yo
PART 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4r41qPUUc
PART 4 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TeOtzTaAco
MORE REFERENCES :
Walter Brueggemann Ph.D., Isaiah 40 – 66 (Louisville: Kentucky, 1998), p. 143, states:
“There is no doubt that Isaiah 53 is to be understood in the CONTEXT of the Isaiah tradition. Insofar as the SERVANT IS ISRAEL – a common assumption of Jewish interpretation – we see that the theme of humiliation and exaltation serves the Isaiah rendering of Israel, for Israel in this literature is exactly the humiliated (exiled) people who by the powerful intervention of Yahweh is about to become the exalted (restored) people of Zion. Thus the drama is the drama of Israel and more specifically of Jerusalem, the characteristic subject of this poetry. Second, although it is clear that this poetry does not have Jesus in any first instance on its horizon, it is equally clear that the church, from the outset, has found the poetry a poignant and generative way to consider Jesus, wherein humiliation equals crucifixion and exaltation equals resurrection and ascension.”