Isaiah 35 – The Return to Zion Promised & The Holy Ghost

Just Standing e1539012764245I agree with all of the below information, but could you describe the type of person the Holy Ghost is in a few words?

1 The City of David
The City of David
Jerusalem (Yeru-shalayim), usually translated from Hebrew as “the City of Peace,” is the crown jewel of Israel that shines at 2,500 feet above sea level. The very first time you see this historic city, part of which David bought for just 50 shekels of silver, is a magical memory that will stay with you forever. It’s that special.

Today, we see Jerusalem as it has evolved over the centuries, as a sprawling city of over 800,000 people that has been continually inhabited since 3,000 B.C. Invaders like the Romans, the Crusaders, and the Turks have all left their mark on it. With so much history behind it, like when David brought Goliath’s head here (1 Samuel 17:54), the City of David can be a little confusing at first. That phrase, “The City of David,” can refer to the whole city of Jerusalem, just the part that King David built, or even Bethlehem where David was born (Luke 2:4,11; 1 Samuel 17:12).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23)

1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

“Wilderness…shall be glad” – the personification of nature is common in Isaiah (see 33:9, 44:23, 55:12).

2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

“Lebanon…Carmel…Sharon” – fertile areas renowned for their beautiful trees and foliage (see note on 33:9).

“Glory of the LORD” – in the great transformation just announced (see 6:3 and note).

3  Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with recompense; he will come and save you.

“Be strong, fear not” – cf. God’s words of encouragement to Joshua in Josh 1:6-7, 9, 18.

“God will come” – similar language is used of the coming of the Messiah (see 62:11; cf. Rev 22:12).

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

“Eyes…ears” – see 29:18, 32:3, 42:7 and notes.  Spiritual and physical healing is also linked together in Christ’s ministry (see Matt 11:5).

6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

“Lame man leap…tongue of the dumb sing” – signs of the Messianic age (see Matt 12:22; Acts 3:7-8).

“Water…streams”  – see 32:2 and note.  Cf. God’s provision of water in Ex 17:6; 2 Kgs 3:15-20.

7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

2 Ancient Jerusalem
Ancient Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a large, modern city today, but the “proper” City of David was much smaller. The ancient City of David sat on the narrow ridge of a hilltop, slightly south of what is today called the “Old City.” It has quite a storied past, long before David claimed it for the Lord.

Jerusalem is an ancient city located in ancient Judah that is now the capital of Israel. The city has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is the holiest city in Judaism and Christianity and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since c. 1000 BCE, when David the King of Israel first established it as the capital of the Jewish Nation, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city.

Ceramic evidence indicates the occupation of Ophel, within present-day Jerusalem, as far back as the Copper Age, c. 4th millennium BCE, with evidence of a permanent settlement during the early Bronze Age, c. 3000–2800 BCE. The Execration Texts (c. 19th century BCE), which refer to a city called Roshlamem or Rosh-ramen and the Amarna letters (c. 14th century BCE) may be the earliest mention of the city.

According to Jewish tradition the city was founded by Shem and Eber, ancestors of Abraham. In the biblical account, when first mentioned, Jerusalem (known as “Salem”) is ruled by Melchizedek, an ally of Abraham (identified with Shem in legend). Later, in the time of Joshua, Jerusalem was in territory allocated to the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 18:28) but it continued to be under the independent control of the Jebusites until it was conquered by David and made into the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel (c. 1000s BCE).

“The way of holiness” – the way set apart for those who are holy; only the redeemed (v. 9) could use it.  in ancient times, certain roads between temples were open only to those who were ceremonially pure.

9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up there on, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

“Lion…beast” – sometimes wild animals made travel dangerous (see Deut 8:15; Jdg 14:5).

“Redeemed” – those the Lord had delivered from bondage (cf. 1:27, 51:10,62:12; Lev 25:47-48; Deut 7;8).

10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

“Come to Zion with songs” – as the Israelites did when they returned from Babylonian exile (see Ps 126).

So tell me about King Hezekiah, is he a good guy or a bad guy?  Did he walk with You or was he a sissy and bow down to the world like our president?

Who is the Holy Ghost?  The Holy Ghost is God.  The Father and Jesus is also God, but there is only one God.  All three of them are different people, and they are people.

Some people say that He is the third person of the trinity because the saying goes, “The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.”  He’s not the third person, He is the third name spoken.  They are all one and the same but different.  That doesn’t seem possible to our little minds, but God can do anything:

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37).

Some people say we have three Gods or that we have one God with three personalities, but no:

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one” (1 Jn 5:7).

We don’t hear much about the Holy Ghost, nor see, but then again you can experience Him if you want to.  His name fits Him well.

Before Jesus was crucified He said to His disciples:

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you” (Jn 14:26).

Due to those words, one might think it is only the Holy Ghost that’s doing anything, and maybe He is, I don’t knows, but I seriously doubt it.  Because I know they are all here and active at all times, as the Father and the Holy Ghost had been with Jesus:

For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 3:9).

If you have given your life to Jesus then you now have all three of them in you.  Whether you communicate with them or not it up to you.  But I can guarantee if you truly believe in Jesus and walk His way, they are all there waiting to hear from you.

“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave his Son” (1 Jn 5:9-10).

Many say that the Father and the Holy Ghost are just spirits, this is untrue, they are people.  We were made to be like Him and we are not spirits, but people:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Gen 1:26).

We are not gods and never will be, but we have His likeness.  You may say that doesn’t mean God’s a person.  Some cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses say that the Holy Spirit is nothing more than a force.  Of course we must consider the source.  That belief is as true as a Catholic priest can forgive sin.

Jesus was a person and He is also God:

3 Sacred Stones
Sacred Stones
Traditional religious art has depicted Abraham’s altar as a simple pile of stones in the wilderness. In our CD, however, we have depicted this sacred spot more accurately in line with the archaeological evidence and history. The construction of worship altars with “Sacred Stones” was a widespread custom in ancient Israel and throughout the region. They are mentioned several times in the Bible. The world’s most famous example of “sacred stones” is Stonehenge.

In addition to providing a focal point for ceremony, Sacred Stones were thought to represent or provide an abode for the presence of the gods or God, or ancestors and spirits. The people of Israel set up Sacred Stones or allowed them to exist. But at various times the practice was frowned upon, and Kings would order them “thrown down.”

Thus, the Bible sometimes calls the stones which the patriarchs set up, “altars” or “memorials.” Eventually, all such altars were destroyed by the centralizing forces and theology of the Temple.

Tradition places Abraham’s altar at Mt. Moriah –the rocky hill upon which Jerusalem was later built. Tradition also holds that Abraham’s stone altar became the “foundation stone” for the Temple. To this day the “foundation stone” can still be seen in Jerusalem when you enter the Dome of the Rock.

“In the beginning was he Word, and the Words was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

“And the Word was made flesh…” (1 Jn 1:1-2 and 14).

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh?” (1 Tim 3:16).

When the Bible speaks of the Spirit of God it is the Holy Ghost being spoken of.  The Holy Ghost is there with you to guide you, to prompt you to do or not to do something.  God knows what is best for us.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness without Spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom 8:16).

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal 4:6).

There are times when the Holy Ghost will prompt you to do or not to do something.  Sometimes the prompting to do something may appear to be foolish or not profitable, but we need to listen to the Holy Ghost, not to ourselves:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov 3:5).

I say this not just because of what I read in the Bible, but through numerous experiences.  My first and greatest experience with the Holy Ghost was in 2007 and it was not a pleasing event, nor did I want to participate, but I did and I can’t even begin to explain how fabulously happy I am that I listened to Him. 

I don’t question God why I should or shouldn’t do something, when He asks me to do something I do it.  Of course I am human so I have asked God why I should own this domain and I have not received an answer, but it doesn’t matter, He told me to purchase it.  Never question God, the Holy Ghost.

4 Mount Moriah
Mount Moriah
Mount Moriah is located in the old part of Jerusalem and is considered one of the most important pieces of property on the planet. It is considered sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Mount Moriah is the location of the Jewish temple mount as well as the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque.

The earliest mention of Mount Moriah in the Bible is found in Genesis 22. In it, Abraham is told to take his son Isaac to the top of this location to offer as a burnt sacrifice to the Lord. Once Abraham acted in faith to show he was willing to offer his only son to the Lord, God stopped Abraham and provided a ram instead as an offering. “Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The LORD will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided'” (Genesis 22:14).

Later in Israel’s history, King David selected this location as a site to build a temple for the Lord (2 Samuel 24:18). He did not build the temple, but helped make preparations for his son Solomon to do so. This temple would serve as the central place of Jewish worship for approximately 400 years until its destruction by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 587-586 BC.

After a 70-year exile, the Jewish people began to return and rebuilt the temple on the same location. Some of this account is recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah. During the time of King Herod, additional expansion was made to the temple area. This was the temple Jesus would have experienced during His earthly ministry. The early church in Jerusalem also noted this temple, often using the temple courts as an area for Christian worship before persecution by the Jews in Jerusalem.

In 70 AD, the Roman army destroyed the temple once again, leaving only the Western Wall, the location often shown today on television where devout Jews offer prayers.

The Holy Ghost is such an incredible person that a man, an evil man at that, tried to purchase Him:

“And when Simon saw that through laying on the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money.

Saying, Give me also this power that on whomsoever I lay hands, He may receive the Holy Ghost.

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:18-20 – for the complete story see Acts 8:5-24).

As Jesus said, the Holy Ghost will remind you of things that He had told you.  Jesus wasn’t talking only about what He had told His disciples, He will also tell you thing that you won’t remember or maybe only your spirit hears.

The Holy Ghost will also tell you what you need to pray for to have a better life:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom 8:26).


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