Look around at church as we know it.
Does it resemble in word, deed, or power, what is described in the lives of the disciples in the Book of Acts?
Here is one of those prophecies and our understanding of it.
1 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments
(our strength is in the authority of the Word, and the works of our Covenant.
“behold I give you power…” And to walk in mercy, forgiveness, meekness, kindness.)
O Jerusalem, the holy city ( NT new Jerusalem, -Rev. 21:10)
: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised (the uncircumcised in heart Rom. 2:28-29)
and the unclean.
(those that are defiled,and “dead bodies” of dead churches.
see Mat. 15:18-20, Revelation 3:1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:…
I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and thou art dead.)
O (NT new) Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bonds of thy neck, (we became slaves to men in following traditional church)
O captive daughter of Zion.
the Bride of Christ taken captive by the leaders of Christianity
just as God’s people of Israel were in captivity to their leaders at the time of Christ.
Luke 4:18, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives)
(made merchandise of by the false shepherds. The “nought” of spiritually empty
programs, classes, and passive watching others perform)
and ye shall be redeemed without money. (by the FREELY given Gospel...)
(the church went into bondage, just as Israel did. )
and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
(As we did, we were oppressed by "strange" pastors who knew not the real gospel)
they that rule over them do howl, (authoritative voices proclaiming Christ as they maintain dominion and power over them. )
says the LORD, and my name continually all the day is blasphemed.
"NAME" means His authority and His Ways, and the hired shepherds set aside Jesus who is the Word, as they maintain their position and income from those they rule over. Thus, they will speak against Christ’s Will, just as Peter did in Mat 16 right after he confessed Jesus as the Christ. And just as Judas did when He sold his place in the kingdom for money from the harlot of Israel’s leaders.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name:
(His name is not about the correct Hebrew syllables. It is about the TRUE character and authority of Christ we are called to come into as we believe His Word. This truth is repeated in the Revelation of the "hidden Manna, NEW NAME, and the White Stone" in Rev. 2. It is for them that "overcome" the false shepherds and traditions of Christianity)
(My sheep HEAR MY VOICE.. Jesus said. John 10, as He calls them OUT of the sheepfolds of men.
are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publishes peace, that bringeth
good tidings of good, that publishes salvation (Greek: "soteria" and "sozo"),
“soteria-salvation is: deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation
deliverance from the molestation of enemies)
that says to Zion (God’s people) , Thy God reigns! (He reigns as we are conformed to Him, not the traditions and commands of men)
for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord returns to Zion.
(WHEN the Lord returns (as the "latter rain" Hosea 2 , THEN will us watchmen "sing"
i.e.,(preach, in ONE ACCORD and see "eye to eye" i.e .agree )
(the wasted places of "spoiled" Chrisitianity
for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed NEW Jerusalem.
and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
(the gospel preached in power as a witness to all nations.. Mat 24)
( A DOUBLE "departing. ONCE for the call of natural Jews to leave apostate (the harlot)
Judaism, at Jerusalem, the second time for "SPIRITUAL" Israel to come out of Babylonish
Christianity as it says again in Rev. 18:4 "come out of her MY people..").
12 For ye shall not go out in haste, neither shall ye go by flight: for the Lord will go before you;
and the God of Israel will be your rearward.
(Praise the Lord for calling us OUT of her. We did not leave in fear by persecution, we followed the Lamb out as He led us and watched our "back" as we came out and "overcame" apostate traditions and shepherds who do not abide in the Word.)
and shall be very high.
14 Like as many were astonished at his appearance (appearance-comeliness-beauty-holiness)
was so marred more than any man, and his form (figure or appearance)
more than the sons of men),
(the real Jesus is unrecognizable to the majority as they are impressed by the outward flesh.
Handsome, well-dressed, well spoken orators have distorted and marred the image of the true Jesus of scripture.
The true Jesus has been distorted and made unrecognizable by apostate-Babylonish Christianity, as the church bears no resemblance to the church as Christ showed us in the book of Acts.)
shall shut their mouths at him:
(no man can withstand the manifestation of JESUS Christ
as He comes forth in His true witnesses).
for that which had not been told them shall they see; (the truth of the Word)
and that which they had not heard shall they understand. ...for themselves, as the Lord opens to them the truth of the Word) (people who come out of apostate Christianity that never heard or saw the real Jesus as the scripture marred by the shepherds, that overcome the lies and distortions of the leavened church, SHALL understand as the "see" the truth in the Word..)