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I. A pattern for interpreting the Prophets
     
     God has ONLY ONE purpose
(Eph.3:1-12) and every Book of the Bible (which includes the Prophets) must
    be
 
 studied, "rightly divided
(2Tim.2:15, Heb.4:12, 1Cor.2:1-14, John.16:12-15), woven together) [2] within this
     context. 
Proverbs says. "He that answereth (answers) a matter (an overall view of God's purpose from Genesis to
     Revelation) before he heareth (hears) it is folly (silliness:—folly, foolishly, foolishness, 
1Cor.1:20-29) and shame
     unto him"
(Prov.18:13). 

     
The Prophets will never contradict the overall Purpose of God (Matt.13:10-17, Rom.3:21-33; 16:25-26,
     1Peter.1:10-12, 2Peter.3:1-2, Rev.10:7; 11:15).


​     A. This pattern is a simple process

            The apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church that he feared, "lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
            through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity
(singleness) [1] that is in Christ.
            Within the
language of the Prophets, was the language of the Law of Moses which was a schoolmaster

            to bring us to Christ (Gal.3:24, Matt.5:17-19, Rom.3:21-33; 16:25-26, 1 Peter.1:10-17 / Matt.13:10-17). 

             This was their single purpose "that in all things He (The Lord Jesus Christ) he might have the preeminence"
​            
(Col.1:18).
























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          1. The first step: Find out when was the Prophet prophesying?


​                 We begin here because we need to know if the Word of the Lord through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,
                 Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephanah, Haggai, Zechariah,
​                 Malachi
 came to pass during their life time. This is
done by reading the the first chapter of each Prophet,
                 and the first few verses.
For example: Isaiah says that he was prophesying "concerning  Judah and
                 Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah 
(2Chron.26:1-23; 27:1-2),  Jotham (2Chron.26:21-23-27:1-9), Ahaz 
                 
(2Chron.27:9; 28:1-27), and Hezekiah 2Chron.29:1-36; 30:1-24; 31:2-20; 32:2-15), kings of Judah.

                 Now compare Isaiah.2:1-4 with the conditions of the people of God and the Temple during the reign
                 of these kings. When reading Isaiah you cannot find the fulfillment of this prophecy during their time,    
                 therefore you must look forward to Step #2.


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   2. The second step: Was their prophecy fulfilled between their time and the
              Babylonian Captivity?


                 This requires an understanding of the condition of the House of Judah from king Hezekiah (2Chron.29:1-
                  36; 30:1-24; 31:2-20; 32:2-15),
 Manasseh (2Chron.33:1-20),  Amon (2Chron.33:21-25), Josiah 

                 (2Chron.34:1-27),  Jehoahaz (2Chron.36:1-4), Jehoakim (2Chron.36:5-8), Jehoachin (2Chron.36:9-10), to

                 king Zedekiah (2Chron.36:11-19). Note the Chart below. If their prophetic Word does have not have

                 it's fulfillment during the time of these kings, then the next place to look is the 70 year period of

                 Babylonian captivity. The Book of Lamentations would cover this period.





















          3. The third step:  Was their prophecy fulfilled during the 70 year Babylonian captivity of

               the House of Judah?

                 Note: The
House of Israel had already been taken into captivity by the Assyrians many years before
                 this 
(2Kings.17:18-23). Only the House of Judah remained. 

                 During this period of time (captivity to Babylon) there was only destruction and captivity
(2Chron.36:12-21) 
                 for the House of Judah (the Jews / the 
natural seed of Abraham. (Note: Psalms.137) There was nothing
                 inspired of the Holy
Ghost during his time. Here is a quick overview of the Book of Lamentations written
                 by Jeremiah
Chapter 1 - The ruin of Jerusalem and misery of the exiles because of their sins. Chapter 2 -
                 Jehovah, the ancient
defender of Israel, has given up his people to their awful fate. Chapter 3 - Jeremiah's
                 grief over the
afflictions of his people, and his trust in God, and his own persecutions, Chapter 4 -

                 The former glory of Israel constructed with their present miseryChapter 5 - A prayer for mercy.























          4. The fourth step: Was their prophecy fulfilled between the end of the captivity to

               the Cross?

                 This period of time can be divided into the reign of the kingdom of Media Persia (Ezra and Nehemiah)
                 and the reign of the kingdom of Greece. This was the silent years between the Old and New Testaments.
              
  Daniel prophesied about this period while in the 70 year Babylonian captivity.  Now compare Isaiah.2:1-4 

                 with the conditions of the people of God and the Temple "from the going forth of the commandment

                 to restore and to build Jerusalem" (Dan.9:24, Ezra / Nehemiah) and the wait "unto the Messiah the

                 Prince" (Dan.9:24, John.1:41; 4:25). 




















                 When reading Isaiah.2:1-4 and you cannot find the fulfillment of this prophecy during this time,    
                 you must look forward to Step #5.


          5. The fifth step: Has their prophecy been fulfilled after the Cross to the Second

               Coming (New Testament)?


                   If a prophetic Word spoken by the prophets (as in Isa.2:1-4has not been fulfilled before the Cross, then
                 it must find it's fulfillment after the Cross, and before the
Second ComingThis is because "the
                 heaven must receive (retain / Hold)
[3] until the times of restitution (restoration)[4]of all things,
                 which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began...Yea, and all the
                 prophets from Samuel (including
Isa.2:1-4) and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have
                 likewise foretold of 
these days" (i.e. the days of restoration) (Acts.3:19-24, Rom.16:25-26, 1Peter.1:10-12,
​                  Rev.10:7; 11:15). 

                 Note: This explains why Jesus has not returned yet. Not "all things" that the the Prophets (Isaiah,  
                 including 
Isa.2:1-4),  Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
                 Zephanah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malach) have said have been restored yet.






















     
B. Applying this pattern to Isaiah.2:1-4

          "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the
           last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be
           exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let
           us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and
           we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And
           he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into
           plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
​           they learn war any more"
(Isa.2:1-4).

         1.  When was Isaiah prophesying? (Step #1)
                 
                 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem was in the days

                 of Uzziah (2Chron.26:1-23; 27:1-2),  Jotham (2Chron.26:21-23-27:1-9), Ahaz (2Chron.27:9; 28:1-27), 

                 and Hezekiah (2Chron.29:1-36; 30:1-24; 31:2-20; 32:2-15), kings of Judah. When reading Isaiah, you

                 cannot find the fulfillment of this prophecy during this time, therefore you must look forward

                 to Step #2)





















         2.  Did Isa.2:1-4 happen between Isaiah and the Babylonian captivity? (Step #2)

                 Read about Hezekiah (2Chron.29:1- 36; 30:1-24; 31:2-20; 32:2-15), Manasseh (2Chron.33:1-20),  Amon 
              
  (2Chron.33:21-25), Josiah (2Chron.34:1-27), Jehoahaz (2Chron.36:1-4), Jehoakim (2Chron.36:5-8), Jehoachin 
              
  (2Chron.36:9-10), to king Zedekiah (2Chron.36:11-19). The mountain of the Lord's house was not established
                 in the top of the mountains, and exalted above the hills; and all nations did not shall flow unto it. Hezekiah
                 was the only king that attained this. Neither did the kings after Hezekiah. The Spirit of God through Isaiah
                 (as did Haggai
Haggai.2:1-9) was reaching back to the first house that Solomon built when "all the earth
                 sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart"
(1Kings.10:1-24).


         3.  Did Isa.2:1-4 happen during the Babylonian captivity? (Step #3)


                 During this period of time (captivity to Babylon) there was only destruction and captivity 
(2Chron.36:12-21) 
                 for the House of Judah (the Jews / the natural seed of Abraham. (Note:
 Psalms.137) There was nothing 
                 inspired of the Holy Ghost during his time. 


          4.  Did Isa.2:1-4 happen between the end of the captivity to the Cross? (Step #4)

                 This period of time can be divided into the reign of the kingdom of Media Persia (Ezra and Nehemiah)
                 and the reign of the kingdom of Greece. (The silent years between the Old and New Testaments) Note:
                 Daniel prophesied this while in the 70 year Babylonian captivity.  Now compare 
Isaiah.2:1-4 with the 
                 conditions of the people of God, and the Temple "from the going forth of the commandment to restore 
                 and to build Jerusalem" (
Dan.9:24, Ezra / Nehemiah) and the wait "unto the Messiah the Prince" 

                 (Dan.9:24, John.1:41; 4:25). 

                 When reading
Isaiah.2:1-4, you cannot find the fulfillment of this prophecy during this time    
                 therefore you must look forward to Step #5)























         5.  Does Isa.2:1-4 happen after the Cross? (Step #5)

                 This is a "crucial" point because (Isa.2:1-4) has not come to pass yet, [5]and now we are living in
                 the New Testament 
[6] / Covenant. The natural / earthly house has been destroyed70 AD.[8] with no
                 promise to rebuild
[8] (Acts.7:48; 17:24, John.2:18-20, 1Cor.6:19-20, Eph.2:20-22, 1Tim.3:15, 1Peter.2:5). 
                 The ONLY Temple of God(House of God, Sanctuary) that is being built now is the Church (Acts.7:48; 17:24,
                  John.2:18-20, 1Cor.6:19-20, Eph.2:20-22, 1Tim.3:15, 1Peter.2:5). 
This means that Isaiah is prophesying
                 about the Church,

             





















      

                  
Some may ask, "How can Isaiah be prophesying about the last day Church when his word
                 is "concerning  Judah and Jerusalem?"
(Isa.2:1)

     
           
a.  The answer is, after the Cross there are two Jerusalem's 

               
       (1) The natural / earthly city of Jerusalem

                             In the
"last days" (the last or end, hence, the future) [9] natural / earthly Jerusalem is "spiritually
                             called Sodom
[10] and Egypt"[11] (Rev.11:8) and "Ishmael" (Gal.4:25) during the time given to the
                             man of sin / antichrist where he has power "over all kindred...tongues, and nations'"
 (Rev.13:1-5).     
                             NOTE: This includes Jerusalem. (Think about the Tower of Babel
Gen.11:1-9)

                            Ask 
yourself these questions:-

                             
(a)  In the last days, will all nations shall flow unto it natural / earthly Jerusalem / Lord's House
                                   which is "spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? and Ishmael?

                           
 (b)  In the last days will "many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain
                                   of  the Lord, to the house of the God (in the natural / earthly city of Jerusalem)
[12] of Jacob?
                                   The answer is no because it was destroyed 70 AD with no promise to rebuild a natural / earthly
                                   house.
 
                             
(c)  In the last days will "He" (God the Father) teach us of his ways, and we will walk in
                                   his paths: for out of Zion? 

                                   Earthly / natural Zion / Sion is within the walls the City of Jerusalem
                                   that is described as spiritually Sodom and Egypt. But 
Zion (Sion) now is speaking of the Church 
                                
  (Phase.125:1, 1 Peter.2:5-9, Eph.2:20-22).

                         
    (d) In the last days will the law, and the word of the Lord go forth from earthly / natural
                                   Jerusalem. (I.e
spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? The answer is no because the "city where
                                   our Lord was crucified" (
Rev.11:8 natural Jerusalem) will be under the control of the

                                   antichrist who has 42 months to continue (Rev.13:5). Then Jesus will return, "whom the Lord

                                   shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his

                                   coming. (Grk. parousia) Therefore Isa.2:1-4 must take place between where we are today and

                                   the beginning of the Tribulation because Isa.2:1-4 cannot go pass the Second Coming into

                                   the millennium. (Note: Acts.3:19-24, Rev.10:7; 11:15)

                           
 (e)  And he shall judge among the nations. [This cannot go pass the Second Coming. Note:
                                   Acts.3:19-24] and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
                                   and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, [there will be
                                   no nations left after the Second Coming
Rev.16:12-16; 19:20-21] neither shall they learn war any
                                   more" 
(Isa.2:1-4). (Note: Solomon was a man of Peace, 1 Chron.22:17-19)

               b.  The answer is, after the Cross there are two Judah's

​                       You (the Church) have "come unto mount Sion, (Zion) 
[13] and unto the city of the living God, the
                       heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church
                       of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
                       made perfect,
 which is "the general assembly and Church of the firstborn" (Heb.12:18-22).

                         Isaac typified the church (Gal.4:28, Col.3:1-3, Rev.21:10)

                       Isaiah was prophesying the prophetic "type" of what happened at the dedication of Solomon's
                       Temple when "all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his  
                       heart" 
(1Kings.10:1, 24). The language that Isaiah is using is the language of the Pentateuch (Genesis
                       through Deuteronomy) and the History Books (Joshua through to Kings and Chronicles) to prophecy
                       "unto us"
 (1Peter.1:10-12). 

       
   2.  After the Cross there are two Judah's

               a.  The natural / earthly Judah

​                    
The earthly Judah began with one of the 12 sons of Jacob/ Israel (Gen.32:28) called Judah (Gen.49:1-28,
                        Note:v.8-12). From these twelve sons came the children of Israel / Jacob (Gen.49- Exod.12:1-), who were
​                      brought out Egypt as one holy nation, through the
Red Sea, through the wilderness, into the Promised                          Land, stopping finally at Solomon's Temple 
(Review: PHASE 2). However, Solomon "went not fully

                      after the Lord" (1Kings.11:6) and the united kingdom of Israel was divided in two (1Kings.11-12).

                      The House of Israel (1Kings.11:30-32; 12:20-21) and the House of Judah (1Kings.11:32; 12:20-21). The

                      House of Israel was eventually removed out of God's sight because of sin (2KIngs.17:18-23) and

                      the House of Judah was carried away into 70 years of Babylonian captivity (2Chron.36:1-21,

                        Jer.29:11) and then released (2Chron.36: 22-23, Ezra.1:1-4).

























​                           As the House of Judah (Jews)
[14] were going Into captivity, Jeremiah prophesied, "Behold, the
                           days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the
                           houseof Judah."
( Jer.31:31)



































                b. Where is that "new" covenant fulfilled? (Jer.31:31)

                     
(1)  No record before the Cross (Note: Chart #1, 2, 3, 4)

                            There is no record of a new covenant being made with the (natural / earthly / children
                            of the flesh of the House of Israelor Judah during the Babylonian captivity, (#3) or during the 
                            Books Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Media-Persia) or Daniel (Greece / the 400 year silence between  
                            the Old and New Testaments.) (#4) No prophetic voice from God, No New Covenant made.




















                 b. (Cont.) Where is that "new" covenant fulfilled? (Jer.31:31)

                     (2)  We have now come through the Cross into the New Covenant
                                
                            
The only "covenant"[17] after the Cross, is the New Testament (CovenantEph.2:1-19) which
                            includes Jew and Gentile (i.e. every Nation that is not Jewish) [17a] together in Christ (2Cor.5:17)
                            when they are "
born again."

                           (a) Paul writes to the Gentiles[18] (i.e. every Nation that is not Jewish)

                                  Y
ou Gentiles were without Christ, aliens / strangers [19] from the commonwealth (being a
                                  citizen) 
[20]of Israel,[22] and strangers [19] from the covenants[15] of promise, having no
                                  hope, and without God in the world. 

                                 
(1) But now in Christ Jesus (New Testament / Covenant)

                                       NOW under the New Testament / Covenant, you Gentiles, who sometimes were
                                       afar off (strangers / aliens from the covenants)
[19] are made nigh [21](i.e. included in the
                                       common
wealth / a citizen of Israel) ​by the blood of Christ.
[20]​ For he (Jesus) is our peace,
                                       who
hath made bothone, (Jew and Gentile) [24] and hath broken down the middle wall of
                                       partition between us; (Jew and Gentile)
 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the
                                       law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain (the two /
                                       Jew and Gentle) one new man, (saints
v.19 / Eph.4:11-16, 1Cor.13:9-12) so making peace..."






















                             
   (2) Now in the New Testament there is ONLY ONE Covenant for both Jew and Gentile

                                      T
hat He (Jesus) might reconcile both (Jew and Gentile) unto God in one body (the
                                      body of Christ
Matt.5:17-19, John.2:18-20, 1Cor.121:13, Col.1:18) by the cross, because they
                                      both need to be saved / redeemed / 
born again). For through him (Jesus) we both (Jew and
                                      Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye (you Gentiles) are no
                                      more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens (because there is only ONE PLAN, ONE
                                      PURPOSE, ONE NEW COVENANT) with the saints, (Jew and Gentile together) and of the 
                                      household of God 
(Eph.2:1-22, Gal.3:1-29; 6:15 / Rom.9:1-8).


                             (b) Natural Judah was cut off from this  "new" covenant because of unbelief

                                  When Jesus came He came unto His own (the House of Judah / Jews) 
[23] to confirm (strenghten,
                                  to make strong) 
[24] the Old Covenant by fulfilling (Matt.5:17-19) it in the "new covenant" [25] that
                                  Jeremiah prophesied would come. 
[26] This confirmation was rejected by "His own" (John.1:11)
                                  and they crucified Him. 
[27] (PHASE 5, Page 6 - 7

                                  Note: Because of this "unbelief" they were "broken off"
(Rom.11:20-25)with the promise of
                                  being grafted back into this New Covenant / the "olive tree"
[28] if they abide still not in unbelief
                                  in this NEW Covenant 
(Jer.31:31)​


                c. Concluding thoughts the natural house of Judah

                     The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem has not been
                     fulfilled yet, and it has now come through Cross, into the New Covenant. 

​                     (1) What is through the Cross? (This is demonstrated by this chart)





















                   
 (2)  We know that this Word must come to pass before Jesus comes back and destroys
                            the antichrist. 
(Review: PHASE 10)

























                     (3) Now there are ​two Judah's to consider. A natural and a spiritual 

                           If we are going to let the Spirit of truth (The Holy Spirit)[29] guide us into all truth (John.17:17,
                             1John.2:26-27, 1Cor.2:1-14, Note.v.9-11),
 then we must accept that the "new covenant with the 
                           house of Israel, and with the house of Judah"
(Jer.31:31), is the New Testament / covenant that Jesus
                           made, that includes Jew and Gentile, not a separate covenant for the Jew and one for the Gentile. 
                           No wonder JESUS is the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Judah being the Church
Rev.5:5, Eph.2:1-19)

                           
This is an "infallible" interpretation because it is by the "inspiration of God" (2Tim.3:16-17). 
         
                             
Therefore it is plain to see that the Holy Spirit would NOT be signifying through Isaiah
                           
(1Peter.1:10-12) that "Sodom and Egypt" would be the Lord's House? The Holy Spirit of God would
                           NOT say that "all nations shall flow unto" Ishmael, and He would NOT say through Isaiah
(1Peter.1:
                             10-12)
that God would "teach us out of Ishmael / Sodom and Egypt.

                           This is why "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning  Judah and Jerusalem" (Isa.2:1) 
                           is a prophetic Word concerning the New Testament Church. It is no wonder that Jesus is the Lion 
                           of the tribe of Judah.