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 (taken; led; beguiled; charmed) as captives (abductees; hostages) into Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation).  In the context of Isaiah’s indictment,  “Babylon” is not a physical location  (place; locale; spot; region; country) to which Judah’s people would be physically transported (conveyed; sent) but rather,  “Babylon” represents a mental/spiritual condition (situation; setting; circumstance) to which Judah’s people would succumb (yield; submit; surrender).

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The name Babylon is rooted in the Hebrew verb babhel (babel) meaning: to confuse; to mix-up; to misrepresent). Several times, the prophet Jeremiah predicted that Judah would be carried-away (taken) like captives (prisoners), into 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; moved; sent) but rather, “Babylon” represents a “condition of spiritual-confusion”  that mixes-up (makes-uncertain) the minds of Judah’s people and to which they’ve succumbed (yielded; submitted; surrendered). When Judah’s people are confused, they are unable to “think clearly” or to “act-sensibly”. More importantly, they’re “disoriented” –  (lost; off-course; adrift) from Jehovah. When religious leaders mix (blend; combine) truth-with-error (truth with notions of men and doctrines of devils), they serve-up a poisonous-cocktail (potion; elixir; brew; concoction), to their flock, which intoxicates them. Image result for Leonardo diCaprio with a glass of champagne gif   Salt Lake’s leaders have lied (born-false-witness) to Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) by telling them that the cocktail (potion; elixir; brew; concoction) that Salt Lake has prepared for them is  “The-Word-of-God”.  Gradually (over-time) Israel’s people, (rank and file Mormons) have lost (forfeited; cease-to-retain) their God-given power (gift) of “discernment” (ability to distinguish differences between people and things). In order to survive (continue to exist), Israel’s people must know the truth, but at this point, they can’t tell (don’t know; aren’t aware) when false-prophets, seers, and revelators are lying to them or distracting them (diverting their attention) with “Feel-Good-Talks” (bromides; platitudes; banalities)  that amount to nothing more than empirical-opinions (private-beliefs; personal-viewpoints) voiced from the almighty pulpit (stand; lecturn; podium; rostrum) by intoxicated (spiritually impaired; wasted; drunken) old men. This has been the prevailing condition for all twelve tribes of Israel but for Judahites, (Israelites who regard praise and thanks to Jehovah), in particular, for a very long time.

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tornado
Mormonism’s effect on a healthy Israelite community can be compared to a tornado passing through and leaving a debris field of desolation drought-ridden-land (thirsty-population)

1. Isaiah’s Book is an oracle (revelation; prophecy; prognostication; prediction) about the spiritual-desolation (wasteland; no-man’s-land; desert) that is brought by  “The-West” (Salt Lake City – Mormonism’s latter-day headquarters for the Jehovah cult and religion).  Mormonism’s effect upon a healthy Israelite community is like the vortex of a tornado passing through and transforming Israel’s community into a “Desolate-Field-of-Debris”.  Mormonism’s illegitimate leadership (House of Pharoah; “Personification-of-Oppression”) believes that it’s bound for (destined for) the “South” (“personal-success-and-prosperity”).  But, everything that Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood leadership touches dries-up (becomes completely dry, shrivelled, and hard; becomes-spiritually unproductive) because of neglect (disregard ; inattention; mistreatment; abandonment; disregard; recklessness) by Salt Lake’s  Elite  (aristocracy; creme-de-la-creme; upper-class) about every thing (word; matter; subject; cause; judgement; counsel; commandment) that Israel’s-people (rank and file Mormons) revere (take-seriously; 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) and  Salt Lake’s  “Prophets of Oppression”.  They are persecuting (oppressing; abusing; victimizing; mistreating) Israel’s people.   Publicly (in-public-forums; in the town square) Mormon prophets declare (testify; solemnly-swear) that they honor (obey; esteem; respect; cherish; revere) Me (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; when Israel’s people, i.e. rank and file Mormons cannot see them) they oppose (actively-resist; refuse-to-comply-with) Me (Jehovah). They’ve set-aside (put-out-of-the-way; forsaken) My (Jehovah’s)  yoke (covenant with Abraham and his descendants) and they’ve invalidated (discredited)  all of my statutes (commandments; laws; regulations; directives). Being fundamentally opposed to me, they seek to bind (tie-up; restrict; obstruct; limit)  my power.  They’ve disregarded (ignored)  my judgments (conclusions; decisions). The priesthood leadership of this Salt Lake generation has marginalized (sidelined;  dismissed) the words (testimonies) of My (Jehovah’s) Old Testament prophets because Old Testament prophets celebrate (commemorate; observe; memorialize; mark; acknowledge) My (Jehovah’s) power.

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staggers the mind
The things that I am constrained to listen to (lend an ear to; hear) because of Salt Lake’s dreadful priesthood leadership, simply  stagger (shock; stun) me and what I am obliged to witness (observe; watch) because of Salt Lake’ outrageous priesthood leadership, absolutely  bewilder (stupefy; perplex) me. Let me clarify……they really piss (tick; torque) me and my angels off!

3. Because if this, my loins  (locus of strength; potency; power and courage) suffers greatly.  I am seized with pain like a woman in the throes (agony; torture; suffering; anguish) of labor (child-birth). The things that I am constrained to listen to (hear) because of Salt Lake’s dreadful leadership, simply stagger (shock; stun) my senses and the things that I am obliged to witness (observe;  watch) because of Salt Lake’  outrageous priesthood leadership, absolutely  bewilder (stupefy; perplex) me.  No!…wait!….Let me clarify……..they really piss (torque; tick) me off and they piss (torque; tick)-off my angels, too.

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4. My heart trembles and great apprehension ( fear; foreboding; disquiet) gripImage result for what is going on gif s me. “Trouble”  accompanies the dawn of the Millenial Day (one thousand years of Jehovah’s reign). Why is it…… that the approach (closeness; proximity; nearness) of the Millenial-Morning, for which Israel has long yearned (hungered; expected; anticipated; awaited), has to produce so much anxiety (worry; concern; apprehension; angst).   What “in-hell” is going on!

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5. Salt Lake’s priesthood leaders (non-Israelites) have set-all-the-tables (established-the-tables of the Law; positioned the fictional “Book-of-Mormon” as more important than the Torah) 

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 illusion of beauty, purity, and righteousness. Mormon Priesthood leaders are experts 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 what is really in the hearts of Mormonism’s top-leaders (General Authorities). 

They’ve “spread-the-rugs” (covered-up all their dirt, defilements and contaminations)  with decorative camouflage that’s colorful and attractive; They’ve merely created a spectacular “illusion” (impression; appearance; semblance) of beauty, holiness, and purity. But, they’ve definitely  (certainly; genuinely; really; literally; absolutely) circumscribed (restricted; checked; halted; stopped; arrested; thwarted; impeded; frustrated; obstructed) every aspect of Israel’s traditional (orthodox; time-honored; long-established) worship of Jehovah.

You (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) must rise-up (come-forward; “take-the-stand”; testify) as “Witnesses for the Prosecution”  against the false prophets and apostles of Salt Lake City. They exercise (wield) an illegitimate (illegal; unlawful; illicit; criminal) authority while pretending to be Israel’s Princes!

 

 

 

keeping an eye on you
Salt Lake’s watchmen have the birthright of Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) on their minds.

6. Indeed, “Thus saith the Lord”, unto Israel’s people, Wake up! (Come to your senses;  open-your-eyes).   Salt Lake ordains (appoints; installs; anoints; predetermines; designates) watchmen, so they can keep-an-eye-on  (closely-watch; keep-tabs-on; monitor; keep track-of; keep-a close-watch-on) Israel’s (rank and file Mormon’s)  most competent (gifted; talented; “God-Fearing”) ones, i. e.  Israelites (rank and file Mormons) who can see (recognize; perceive; understand comprehend) “What’s-Going-On”.  Salt Lake’s top-priesthood leadership (most persuasive actors ) are intentionally (deliberately) making a mockery (an absurd representation; a travesty; a charade; a parody) of Jehovah’s Old-Testament Prophets,  while they systematically bind (tie-up; bundle; yoke; interlock) Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons).

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7. Mormonism presiding priesthood leaders (Bishops, Stake Presidents, etc.) belong to a Salt Lake’s brotherhood  (fellowship; league; alliance) of Teamsters *… 

teamsters
Mormon chariots (three-man teams) are called  “Bishoprics”. A Mormon “Bishopric” consists of three High-priests:  a Bishop and two high-priest counselors.
 “Teamsters” date back to 1903 when a  “delivery” was accomplished by horse or mule-drawn wagon.
delivery is defined as follows:
de– removal-of; change of; reversal-of; deprivation-of.
livery–  identity; ownership; possession.  
The driver was referred to as a “teamster,” because he was the one who managed the team that was actually delivering (changing the ownership and identity of)  the  “goods.” (the birthright and authority of Israel’s people).   Teamsters (presiding Priesthood leaders)  are “handlers” (trainers; controllers; drivers)  of a team (a group of men organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to accomplish a purpose)  who’ve sworn an oath of allegiance to put Salt lake’s interests ahead of all other considerations.

 

Mormon-Bishoprics  (chariots;  three-man teams; three-man war-machines) oversee (officially supervise) a congregation of several hundred rank and file members. They are called (appointed; commissioned) to function cooperatively (interdependently; as a team) in an effort to disorient (bamboozle; befuddle; mystify; perplex; confuse; disorganize) Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons). They act as an insurmountable (invincible; overwhelming) team (squad; phalanx) to wipe-out (obliterate; blot-out; eradicate; do-away-with) any and all Israelite  “identity” (individuality; character; distinctiveness; uniqueness) and any identification (empathy; rapport; fellow-feeling) Mormon members might feel toward their Israelite ancestry (family; ethnic-descent), once and for all (conclusively; finally; absolutely; irrevocably; decisively),  by misguiding (hoodwinking; misleading; duping; bamboozling) members into relinquishing ( trading; swapping; substituting) their natural (inborn; genetic; innate; inherent) consanguinity (blood-relationship; kinship) with their Israelite ancestry  (ethnic-descent) in exchange for an all-consuming (obsessive; fanatical) preoccupation (absorption; concentration) with the Mormonism and its illegitimate Melchizedek Priesthood. 

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

Salt Lake’s General Authorities routinely refer to Bishops (Mormon-congregational-leaders) as “Donkey-Herders”.  General Authorities use the term “donkey” as a pejorative (word expressing contempt) for an Israelite (rank and file Mormon) because they believe Israelites (rank-and-file-Mormons) are of  “low-intelligence”,  and are best-suited (fit; good; useful) for bearing-heavy-loads.

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woman and the horse
“The woman riding bareback on a galloping horse” (above) is a beautiful yet enigmatic (mysterious; puzzling) visual-image. It needs precise and accurate interpretation. The galloping horse (historically-reserved-for-royalty) represents Intelligence (“truth”; light) coming (approaching) very swiftly Israelites who are “in the dark”.  “Truth” 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” (equestrian; journeyer;  horse-woman), i.e. someone who loves (likes; agrees with; is carried by; mounts; appreciates; values) truth” (knowledge; revelation) which appeals to Israel’s intellect (intelligence). She loves the exhilaration of letting  “Truth” (light; intelligence) carry her away. 

 

8. And Salt Lake’s Prophets and Apostles (General Authorities; First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles) proclaim (call; pronounce) themselves  “Lions-of-God”  (Judahites; kings; royalty; monarchs) upon “Watchtowers “ (elevated podiums; exalted-pulpits).

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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).  

But, My Lord…….I am (live; am here; exist) in order to defend (protect; safeguard; secure; preserve) Israel’s perpetuity (continuance; endurance),  with sunlight (the “light of the Sun”; intelligence originating from the  Son of God) and I (Isaiah) am appointed (called; commissioned) to stand (remain; endure) at/on my watch (carefully observation)  throughout the whole night (time from dusk to dawn when there is no sunlight).        

 

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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 spells (is recognized as a sign of) deliverance for Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons).

9. Then, “All-At-Once” (suddenly; without-warning) behold (something surprising, but could have been predicted) this (the aforementioned)  “Woman-riding-bareback-upon-a-galloping-horse” arrives riding (carried by; conveyed by; hitching a ride with)  “Truth” as a means to attack Salt Lake’s chariots (collaborations-of men; alliances-of men; partnerships-of men; joint-efforts; brotherhoods-of men; collisions-of men; combinations-of men; partnerships-of men;  conspiracies-of men; teams-of men; leagues-of men) working in unison (as “One”)  to disperse (scatter; disseminate; throw-in-random-directions; disband; dissolve; dissipate) Israel’s people (rank-and-file-Mormons). They suppose (think; imagine; suppose; presume; assume) that “Israel” is fallen” (disgraced; out of favor), but it is actually Babylon that is fallen!  Adding to this, they hope (dream; suppose) that “The-Stone-Quarry” (“The House of Israel”; the long-stablished-vein of natural rock) from which Jehovah extracts his building stones, has disintegrated (weakened and fallen apart) throughout the world. 

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10. Oh my people who’ve been crushed (beaten; pounded; trampled-upon; trodden-down; trodden-under-foot)  and the sons (subjects-of; those doomed to) the  “threshing-floor” (elevated place where grain is separated from chaff),  Let me tell you what I have heard from the Lord of Hosts, The God of Israel that  points (directs everyone’s attention) to Jehovah’s providence (beneficient care and guidance) to all of you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons). 

threswhing 1* Threshing Floor –  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.”

 

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                                                          A prophecy against Edom

 Edom (v.) – Israelites who are willing to exchange their eternal-birthright for a priesthood of merely temporal significance

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 – (eh-doom) – meaning: descendants of Esau or Idumea  (“people who are willing to exchange their eternal birthright for something temporarily satisfying but eternally worthless) is transformed into Doomeh– pronounced – doo-meh -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 Dumeh (being stupified; being-deadened; being-comatose; being-oblivious; being-unaware; being-silent; being-put-to-rest; being-asleep; being ignorant). Salt Lake’s Prophets and aopostles 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.  From there (Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City) they swap (trade; switch; sell; substitute; exchange) everything which is eternal (heavenly; timeless; everlasting; permanent)  for anything (any-words; any-matters; any-precept of man) that is of  temporal (secular; worldly; non-spiritual; fleeting; short-term; immediate; temporary) significance but worthless (of-no-value; useless) throughout eternity.

Salt Lake’s watchmen are always asking (checking) to know…..What “Watch-Of-The-Night”* is it now?  (i.e. What time is it?; How much night remains?) How long 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 midnight) (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.
* Watch 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 temporally appealing but only brings no eternal satisfaction). He wants the reader to appreciate (realize the worth of; come to an understanding about) the meaning of the term Doomeh (dumah).

Ehdoom (Edom) means:  to exchange something eternal for something that doesn’t last, i.e. “something-temporary”  but Doomeh (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 trade something eternal for something temporary) into stupor 2Dumah (“spiritually-dead-people ”) will come to pass.

If Israel’s people trade their birthright, which is eternal,  for Mormon priesthood leadership, which is merely temporary, they will lose 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 “Spiritual-Death”.

The word Dumah,  (“to be silenced; to be hushed as if dead”) is different from other Hebrew words that Isaiah could have used for “silence”. This silence denotes  “profound and absolute suppression” (repression; prohibition; mental-block) of spiritual-sensibilities. It is a death-like interdiction (ban; boycott; sanction)……. a death-like stupor (comatose insensibility) coupled with darkness  (ignorance; blindness). Look how the Psalmist describes this death-like silence. “Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in a death-like dumah (silence). (Psalm 94:17)

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