In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
- The breach of the acts of Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-19) in the end may have then festered into open rebellion by the people, even though not by Uzziah's son, Jotham
- "yet the people did yet corruptly" (2 Chronicles 27:2)
- God's Glory, on the Throne, filling the temple..........we will see this one day
- God is still on the Throne for Isaiah, Israel, Judah and for us today
- God allows this because of what He is about to show Isaiah and ask him to do
- This exact year was the same year that Rome was founded............VERY IMPORTANT
UZZIAH (died 758 B.C.)
2 Chronicles 26:1-23
(2 CHRONICLES 26:1-5)
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers. Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
(2 CHRONICLES 26:6-10
- People made him king
- He was young
- Walked with God and prospered
And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims. And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly. Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them. Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
(2 CHRONICLES 26:11-15)
- Warred against the Philistines and Arabians
- Removed their strongholds (Gath and Ashdod)
- Became revered, even among his enemies
- Made Jerusalem a towered fortress
- Was a husbandman and vine dresser (KEY IN ISAIAH)
Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred. And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
(2 CHRONICLES 26:16-19
- Had a large army
- Supplied with good ancient weapons
- Invented trebuchets, catapults, arrow launchers like a phalanx
But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense. And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God. Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
(2 CHRONICLES 26:20-23
- Allowed this to instill pride in himself and his achievements
- Flagrantly violated God's priestly laws
- Was rebuked by the High Priest and other priests
- Was judged and became a leper, almost instantly
And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him. And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land. Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write. So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
- Was rejected as a leper by the priests
- Was a leper until he died
- Was written about in this book of Isaiah
- Buried with his fathers, with the kings
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
- The Glory of God fills the Throne Room, the earth and the entire cosmos
- They are in sync with the four beasts of Revelation 4:8
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
- Sound moving door posts by singing Holy, Holy, Holy............loudly!
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
- Any man in the flesh, seeing God's Throne, realizes his own sinful state, just as light reveals previously hidden wrinkles.
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
- How hot does it have to be if an ANGEL of GOD has to use tongs, or did he have to?
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
- There is no works salvation, as Isaiah is not even involved. He simply accepts, receives
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
- The "voice of the LORD is the "us", which here is a portrayal of the Trinity
- Isaiah is going on the mission field, for a mission to his own people, Israel and Judah
- The Trinity........whom shall **I** send, who will go for **us**.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
- God, already knowing their hearts, says they will not listen
- Jewish history records that Isaiah was sawn in half for his prophecies (Apocrypha, etc.)
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
- Essentially, let them be and let them enjoy their blessings, but it is blinding them, deafening them
- It is a heart issue (Matthew 13:14), a willful blindness on their own part
- They are deliberately allowing God's blessings to get in the way of God Himself
- THEY DO NOT WANT TO HEAR OR SEE, and their rebellious nature festers this
- The word "lest" indicates they are actually afraid of believing God!
- This is quoted in all four gospels, Acts, Romans and other prophets-take heed!
- After this point in the Gospels, Jesus only always spoke in parables in front of the Pharisees
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Acts 28:26-27 (KJV)
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
THE CAUSE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM- "LEST"
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
- "Preach the Word until the judgment is here"......until it is too late.
But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
- The remnant which, like the main part of the plant (root, trunk, seeds), which winters through, looking dead, and yet every time arises, resurrects each spring, without fail.
- Parallels Acts 15
- Parallels also Amos 9:11-12
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
2 Chronicles 27:1-2Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.