Reading Isaiah’s Mind Chapter Twenty one – verses 1 – 11

A prophecy Against Babylon

confused
Several times, the prophet Jeremiah predicted that Judah would be carried-away, like a captive, to Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation).  In the context of Isaiah’s indictment,  “Babylon” is not a physical-place (location; locale; spot; region; country) to which Judah’s people would be transported (conveyed; taken; sent) but rather,  the name “Babylon” represents a mental/spiritual condition (situation; setting; circumstance) of confusion (misrepresentation; mix-up) affecting the way Judah’s people think, to which Judah’s people would succumb (yield; submit; surrender).

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The name Babylon is derived from the Hebrew root verb babhel (babel) meaning : to confuse; to mix-up; to misrepresent). Several times, the prophet Jeremiah predicted that Judah would be carried-away, as a captive, to Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation).  In the context of Isaiah’s indictment,  “Babylon” is not a physical-place (location; locale; spot; locus; region; country) to which Judah’s people would be transported, (conveyed; taken; sent) but rather,  the name “Babylon” represents a mental/spiritual condition (situation; setting; circumstance) of confusion affecting the way Judah’s people think, to which they would succumb (yield; submit; surrender). When Judah’s people are confused, they are unable to think-clearly or to act-sensibly. More importantly , Judahites who are confused, are “dis-oriented” –  (adrift; off-course; lost-as-to-their-sense-of-direction; mixed-up)  as it relates to Jehovah. When religious leaders continuously blend-truth-and-error-together (combine truth with doctrines of men and doctrines of devils), they create for their flock,  a deadly-cocktail (mixed-drink; toxic-potion) , which poisons (murders; kills; executes; dispatches; slaughters) the spirit (soul).   Adding to this, religious leaders always tell Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) that their cocktail (potion; elixir; brew; concoction) is “The-Word-of-God”.  Eventually  (over-time; in-due-course; over-the-long-haul) Israel’s people, (rank and file Mormons) lose (cease-to-retain) their native (innate; natural; inborn; god-given; characteristic) power of “discernment” (ability to judge well; ability to distinguish differences between people and things), so they can’t-tell (are oblivious; aren’t-aware)  when they’re listening to erroneous (mistaken; misleading; false; incorrect) teachings (opinions; points of view; doctrines) coming from well-meaning but misguided (ill-founded; judgmentally-faulty) clergy (priests; ministers; pastors;  rabbis, religious leaders). This has been the prevailing condition for all-eleven tribes of Israel people in general, and for Judah, in particular,  for a very long time.

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tornado
Mormonism’s effect upon a unsuspecting community can be compared to a tornado passing through the drought-ridden-land (thirsty-population)

1. Isaiah’s Book is an oracle (revelation; prophecy; prognostication; prediction) about the spiritual-wilderness (wasteland; no-man’s-land; desert) of “The-West” (Salt Lake City – Mormonism’s latter-day headquarters for the Jehovah cult and religion).  Mormonism’s effect upon a unsuspecting community can be compared to a tornado passing through the drought-ridden-land (thirsty-people), but Mormonism’s leadership (trajectory) is  headed-for (on-the-way-to; on-route-to; bound-for; on-the-road-to; in-transit-to) the “South” (“personal-success-and-prosperity”).  Everything Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood leadership touches dries-up (becomes-desiccated; loses-all-moisture; becomes-fruitless; becomes-unproductive) because of neglect (disregard ; inattention; mistreatment; abandonment; disregard ; recklessness) on the part of Salt Lake’s  Elite  (aristocracy; creme-de-la-creme; upper-class) concerning things (words; matters; counsel; commandments) that Israel’s-people (rank and file Mormons) revere (take-seriously; respect; honor; hold-in-the-highest-regard).

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2. A dire (dreadful; grim; ominous) vision has been shown to me (Isaiah) concerning Salt Lake’s “Prophets of Betrayal.”  They are deceiving Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) while Salt Lake’s  “Prophets of Oppression”,  are persecuting (oppressing; abusing; victimizing; mistreating) them.  Mormon prophets declare publicly (in print ; thru the media; in-public-forums) that they honor (obey; esteem; respect; cherish; revere) Jehovah,  but

set aside my yoke
Jehovah’s yoke means Jehovah’s covenant! “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)

privately (in-secret; behind-closed-doors ; secretly) they oppose (refuse-to-comply-with; actively-resist; dislike; are-hostile-to) Me (Jehovah). They have set-aside  (repealed; done-away-with; put-an-end-to; put-out-of-the-way; forsaken) Jehovah’s yoke (covenant) and they are invalidating (overturned; annulled; rescinded; revoked)  all of my statutes (commandments; laws; regulations; directives). Being fundamentally opposed to me, they seek to bind ( tie-up; limit;  trivialize; confine; chain; marginalize; shackle)  my power.  They disregard (ignore; turn-a-blind-eye-to; pay-no-attention-to; brush-aside) my judgments (misfortunes, plagues and calamities viewed as a divine-punishments). The priesthood leadership of this Salt Lake generation has marginalized (sidelined; trivialized; down-playeed; diminished; ignored; dismissed) all of My (Jehovah’s) Old Testament prophets who celebrate (commemorate; observe; memorialize; mark; acknowledge) My (Jehovah’s) power.

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staggers the mind
What I have to listen to (lend an ear to) because of Salt Lake’s presiding priesthood leadership, simply  staggers (shocks; stuns) me and what I am obliged to witness (observe;  watch) because of Salt Lake’ presiding priesthood leadership, absolutely  bewilders (stupefies; perplexes) me. All of it really pisses (ticks; torqes) me and my angels off!

3. Because if this, my loins  (locus  of strength ; potency; power and courage; reproductive-organs; daughters) are filled with great pain.  Pains seize me like a woman in the throes (agonies; torture; suffering; anguish) of labor (child-birth) . What I am expected to listen to (lend an ear to) because of Salt Lake’s presiding priesthood leadership, simply  staggers (shocks; stuns) me and what I am obliged to witness (observe;  watch) because of Salt Lake’ presiding priesthood leadership, absolutely  bewilders (stupefies; perplexes) me. All of it really pisses (torques; ticks) me and my angels off!

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anxiety 3
Why is it that the nearness (closeness; approach) of the Millenial-Morning, for which I have  yearned (hungered ; waited ; longed) also produce so much anxiety (worry; concern; apprehension; angst)? What “in-hell” is going on?”

4. My heart trembles , great apprehension ( fear; foreboding; disquiet) grips me – “trouble”  accompanies the dawn of the Millenial Day (one thousand years of Christ’s reign). How is it that the approach (closeness; proximity; nearness) of the Millenial-Morning, for which I have  yearned (hungered ; expected; anticipated; awaited), also produce this much anxiety (worry; concern; apprehension; angst), as well. What “in-hell” is going on!

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5. Salt Lake’s priesthood leaders (non-Israelites) in Salt lake City  have set-all-the-tables (altered-the-tables of the Law; modified-the-tables-of the law; marginalized the Old Testament laws and statutes; positioned the “Book-of-Mormon” as supremely important) 

spread the rugs
“Spreading-the-rugs” (rolling-out-the-red-carpet) are both metaphoric language for  “covering-up any and all appearance of dirt, defilement or contamination with something colorful and attractive, i.e. creating an  false-image of beauty, purity and righteousness. Mormon Priesthood leaders are expert at “Rolling-Out-The-Red-Carpet” in an effort to impress important-individuals from whom they hope (intend) to obtain something, e.g. they customarily present to  visiting “Heads of State”,  a completed-personal-four-generation pedigree (family-tree), in an effort to impress (amaze; dazzle; knock-the-socks off; over-awe; buffalo) them concerning the love (care; kindness) that is supposed (assumed; believed) to be in the hearts of Mormonism’s top-leaders (General Authorities). 

They’ve “spread-the-rugs” (covered-up all the dirt, defilements and contaminations with things that are colorful and attractive; created a false- image of beauty, holiness and purity). They’ve ultimately  circumscribed (restricted; checked; halteed; stopped; arrested; thwarted; impeded; frustrated; obstructed) every aspect of traditional (orthodox; conventional; transmitted from generation to generation) Israelite worship of Jehovah.

You (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) must Rise-up (come-forward; “take-the-stand”; testify) as eye-witnesses (persons who have personally seen something happen, so can give a “first-hand” description of it) on behalf of the prosecution of Mormonism’s Non-Israelite Prophets,  who are exercising (employing; using; wielding) illegitimate (illegal; unlawful; illicit;criminal; felonious) authority,  while pretending that they are Israel’s Princes!

 

 

 

keeping an eye on you
Salt Lake’s watchmen have Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons)  under surveillance.

6. Indeed, Thus saith the Lord, unto me, Wake up! (Come to your senses;  open-your-eyes).   Salt Lake ordains (appoints; installs; anoints; predetermines; designates) its prophets in order to keep-an-eye-on  (closely watch ; keep-tabs-on; monitor; keep track-of; keep-a close-watch-on) Israelite people  (rank and file Mormons) who are competent (talented; gifted) to see (recognize; perceive; understand comprehend)  what’s going on.  Salt Lake’s top-priesthood leadership (most gifted and persuasive actors ) are merely giving us their interpretation (rendition; rendering; portrayal; depiction; idea; version; concept; picture; image)  of Jehovah’s Prophets,  while they systematically bind (tie-up ; bundle; yoke; interlock) Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) .

 

7. Mormon Bishops (congregational leaders) belong to a union of Salt Lake’s teamsters… 

teamsters
Mormonism’s three-man team is called a “Bishopric”. A Mormon “Bishopric” consists of a (High-priest) Bishop, and two high-priest counsellors.
FYI  – The name “Teamster” dates back to 1903, when most “deliveries”  were accomplished by horse or mule-drawn wagons.
deliveries is defined –  as follows:
de-a prefix indicating: removal-of; reversal-of; deprivation-of;
liveries– uniformities; identities; homogenieties; similarities; regularities; conformities)  
The driver was referred to as a “teamster,” because he was the one who managed the team that was actually delivering (transporting; carrying; bringing; transferring) the  “goods.” (the birthright and property of Israel’s people).   A teamster (Mormon Bishop)  is a “handler” (trainer; teacher; driver; captain; advisor)  of a team (crew; gang; squad; of high-priests)  who’ve sworn an oath of allegiance,  not to Jehovah but to Lucifer, who now governs from Mormon-Church-Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Mormon-Bishoprics  ( three-man Melchizedek-teams that oversees a congregation of about 200-400 rank and file members). They are  organized (called; established) primarily,  to function cooperatively (collaboratively; collectively; mutually) in an effort to dis-orient (undermine-Jehovah’s-direction-of;  reverse-Jehovah’s-direction of ; negate-Jehovah’s-direction-of; befuddle; derange; foul-up) Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons). They operate as a team (squad; palanx) to wipe-out (obliterate; blot-out; eradicate; do-away-with) Israelite  “identity” (individuality; character; distinctiveness; uniqueness) and any identification (recognition; empathy; rapport; fellow-feeling) Mormon members feel toward Israel’s ancestral tribe (family; people; race; kindred; Israelite-family organization), once and for all (conclusively; finally; absolutely; irrevocably; decisively),  by guiding (hoodwinking; misleading; duping; bamboozling) members into reliquishing ( trading; swapping; substituting) their natural (inborn; genetic; innate; inherent) consanguinity (blood-relationship; kinship) with their Israelite lineage (ancestry; bloodline)  in exchange for an all-consuming (obsessive; fanatical) preoccupation (absorption; concentration) with the Mormonism and its Melchizedek Priesthood Organization  Mormon

donkey herders
Among the the Aristocracy of Salt Lake’s Elite-Leadership  The nickname for a  “Mormon-Bishop” is  “donkey-herder”.

General Authorities routinely refer to a Bishop (Mormon-congregational-leader) as a “Donkey-Herder”. Top-priesthood leadership uses the pejorative (word expressing contempt) “donkey” for an Israelite (rank and file Mormon) because they believe Israelites (rank-and-file-Mormons) are of “low-intelligence”,  but are well-suited for bearing-heavy-loads.

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woman and the horse
“A woman riding bareback on a galloping horse” is an enigmatic (mysterious; puzzling) visual-image that needs precise and accurate interpretation. The galloping horse (historically-reserved-for-royalty) represents something (“truth”; words; matters; judgements; promises; revelation) coming (approaching) very swiftly, that appeals to (speaks to; attracts; makes an urgent and serious appeal to) the intellect of Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons). The woman is a “rider” , i.e. someone who loves (likes; agrees with; is carried by; mounts; appreciates; values) truth” (words; matters; judgements; God’s-promises; revelation) that appeal to Israel’s intellect (intelligence).

 

8. And Salt Lake’s presiding priesthood authorities (General Authorities; Prophets seers and revelatord;Prophets and Apostles) proclaim (call; pronounce) themselves  “Lions-of-God”  (Jehovah’s earthly-royalty; Jehovah’s earthly-kings) upon the “Watchtower” (tower built to create an exalted observation point).

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watchman
As one of Jehovah’s watchmen,  I remain at my post (station; performance in an office and function) the whole night (the time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible).  

My Lord…….I am to defend (protect; safeguard; secure; preserve) perpetuity (Jehovah’s covenantal bond, having no fixed maturity date) by means of sunlight  (light originating from the  Sun/Son of God , dawning above the horizon.) and I am appointed (planted;  placed;  to-stand; to-make-a-stand; to-be-ready) at (upon) my watch (performance of an office and function; observance; custody; station; charge; keeping) the whole night (the time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible).     

 

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woman and the horse
“A woman riding bareback on a galloping horse” is a presage  (sign or warning that something, typically something bad, is coming) for Salt Lake’s illegitimate priesthood Authorities. The same presage brings deliverance for Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons).

9. Then, (all-at-once; at-that-moment; suddenly; at-that-instance) behold (something unexpected, but could have been predicted) this (“the”; the-previously-mentioned; the-aforementioned)  “Woman-riding-bareback-upon-a-galloping-horse” falls-upon (attacks fiercely or unexpectedly) all of  Salt Lake’s chariots (collaborations; alliances; partnerships; joint-efforts; brotherhoods; collusions; combinations; partnerships; cooperations; teams; leagues) of men, working in unison to disperse (scatter; disseminate; throw-in-random-directions; disband; dissolve; dissipate) Israel’s people (rank-and-file-Mormons) and being greedy, they suppose (think-to-themselves; say; declare)She (Israel) is fallen” (cast-out; cast-down; perished; failed; slain; inferior; judged; overthrown; overwhelmed; thrown-down) Babylon (which they think is Israel)  is fallen!  Adding to this, they say (think to themselves; suppose) that all of the (every one of the ) stone-quarries  (large, deeply-seated; deeply rooted; long-stablished-veins of natural rock ) from which Jehovah extracts his building stones, has disintegrated (fragmented; shattered; crumbled; fallen to pieces) on account of the world.

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10. Those crushed (beaten; pounded; trampled-upon; trodden-down; trodden-under-foot) by me  and the sons (subjects-of; people rendering obedience upon; those doomed to) my “threshing-floor” (open, elevated place where grain is separated from chaff) are blessed (happy; guided; lead) to listen to (render-obedience-to; pay-attention-to; give-heed-to) me by virtue of having-in-mind (considering; contemplating; thinking-about) The Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, pointing (directing-attention) to My (Jehovah’s) providence (beneficient care and guidance) to all of you.

threswhing 1 FYI:  There are dozens of references to the “threshing floor” in the Bible, some literal and some symbolic. In biblical days there was no machinery, so after the harvest, the grain was separated from the straw and husks by beating it manually. First there had to be a flat surface that was smooth and hard, and this was known as the threshing-floor. The process of threshing was performed generally by spreading the sheaves on the threshing floor and causing oxen and cattle to tread repeatedly over them, loosening the edible part of cereal grain from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it (Mathew 3:12)His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”(separation of wheat from tares)

 

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                                                          A prophecy against Edom

 Edom (v.) – Israelite who willingly exchange their birthright for something of temporal-appeal, but of no eternal-value)

Isaiah is playing word-games with us! He moves the initial “eh” sound at the beginning of the Hebrew name Edom to the word’s end,  so that Edom – pronounced – (aw-dume) – meaning: descendants of Esau or Idumea  (“people who willingly exchange their divine birthright for something temporarily satisfying but worthless)is transformed into  dawmah – pronounced – doo-maw -meaning: – “people who walk around as if they’re sleeping, stupified;  have little or no sensibility; benumbed of faculties; robotic behavior and manner; put into a stupor; stunned, as with a narcotic or “in a semi-conscious-state of awareness.”

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11. An oracle, to me,  concerning Dumah (being stupified; being-deadened; being-comatose; being-oblivious; being-unaware; being-silent; being-put-to-rest; being-asleep; being-ignorant).

Salt Lake’s appointees are calling-out (beckoning; making gestures with their hands, arms, and heads to encourage Israel’s people to come nearer or follow)  from their exalted (glorified; distinguished; towering)  positions at Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City. There (in-that-position; in-that-place; in-that-capacity)  they swap-out (trade; switch; sell; substitute; interchange) eternal (heavenly; timeless; everlasting; permanent) things (words; matters; commands of God) for things (words; matters; precepts of men and men’s-edicts) which are temporal (secular; worldly; non-spiritual; fleeting; short-term; temporary) and worthless (of-no-eternal-value; useless).

Salt Lake’s watchmen are asking…..What “Watch-Of-The-Night” is it now?  (What time is it?; How much dark-time remains?) How longer have we got until daylight? (how much longer before the Messiah returns, bringing justice?) 

time watch
Watches of the night: (1)  “evening” (sunset to 9 pm),” (2) “midnight” (9 pm to midmight) (3) “cock-crowing” (midnight to 3 am)and (4) “morning” (3 am to morning-sunrise; Mark 13:35)These terminated respectively at 9 P.M., midnight, 3 A.M. and 6 A.M.

FYI – Watches-Of-The-Night : The Jews, like the Greeks and Romans, divided the night into military watches instead of hours, each watch representing the period for which sentinels or pickets remained on duty. The proper Jewish reckoning recognized only three such watches, entitled the first or “beginning of the watches,” (Lamentations 2:19);  the middle watch, (Judges 7:19) and the morning watch. (Exodus 14:24) These would last respectively from sunset to 10 P.M.; from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M.; and from 2 A.M. to sunrise. After the establishment of the Roman supremacy, the number of watches was increased to four, which were described either according to their numerical order, as in the case of the “fourth watch,” (Matthew 14:25) or by the terms (1)  “even,” (2) “midnight,”(3) “cock-crowing” and (4) “morning.” (Mark 13:35).  These terminated respectively at 9 P.M., midnight, 3 A.M. and 6 A.M.

Isaiah uses this curious transposition of letters from Edom (Eh-doom) to Dumeh (doom eh) to foreshadow a dreadful mutation (variation; transformation; alteration) that will befall the people of Edom (those who exchange their birthright for something appealing but only brings temporary satisfation). He wants the reader to appreciate (realize the worth of; come to an understanding about) the meaning of the word Dumah.  Edom, a verb  meaning: to exchange something eternal for something worthless that only brings temporary satisfaction,”  but Dumah means: comatose; absolutely silenced; totally suppressed; completely restrained; extinguished; spiritually dead; done away with; lethally tranquilized; permanently hushed; forever quieted; cut off).   . This transformation of Edom (people who exchange their eternal birthright for something worthless that only brings temporary satisfaction) into stupor 2Dumah (“spiritually-deadened-people ”) will come to pass. If Israel’s people trade their birthright for temporary (worldly satisfaction, they will lose all their spiritual-sensibility.   In other words, Edom’s people, Edom’s culture and Edom’s society will  become the epitome (arch-type; model; pattern; example ) of  “spiritually deadened” people. The word Dumah, means: “to be silenced (hushed)-to-death ”  is different from  other Hebrew words that Isaiah could have used for “silence”. This silence denotes  “profound and absolute  suppression” (repression; prohibition; mental-block; prohibition; forbiddance; proscription;  taboo; embargo) of spiritual-sensibilities. It is a death-like interdiction , a death-like stupor (comatose insensibility)  coupled with darkness  (ignorance; blindness; fear). Look how the Psalmist describes this deadly silence. “Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in a dumah (silence) not unlike death.” (Psalm 94:17)

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