Isaiah's Spirit Judgement
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Spirit of Judgement

JudgeThe Holy Spirit is called "a spirit of judgment and burning" and the executor of judgment. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Isaiah looks to the future in Isaiah 4.4, "The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit [or "the spirit"] of judgment and a spirit [or "the spirit"] of fire." Isaiah later writes in , "Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them." Deliberate sin and turning from God is punished by God himself. Those who rebel and grieve the Holy Spirit become God's enemies and come under his spirit of judgement and he will therefore punish them.✞

A Holy Savior

The town of BethlehemThis deliberate sin proves the point that we need a holy savior. God provided even that through a young woman in a little out of the way village called Bethlehem Ephrathah, which means "house of bread." A virgin from here is to bring forth a son whose name "Immanuel" means "God with us." Isaiah prophesied centuries before Jesus' birth in Isaiah 7.14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you [the Hebrew is plural] a sign: The virgin [or "young woman"] will conceive and give birth to a son, and [the Dead Sea Scrolls add "he" or "they"] will call him Immanuel. [meaning "God with us"]" The place of Jesus' birth is clearly given in the Old Testament and was known to the Herod's advisors. The Magi are therefore told in Micah 5.2, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans [or "rulers"] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Jesus, who was from "ancient times" one with God, would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, one of two Bethlehems during the Ronman Era. The other Bethlehem is in the North near Nazareth by the Sea of Galilee.✞

"Isaiah's Spirit Judgement"
by Ron Meacock

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