ISAIAH 42
CHRIST'S KING, PART 2
Although Christ Himself fulfilled much of this chapter, it is to be fulfilled in its entirety in the end time by
heaven's chosen man, Christ's King. Since bombings, endless wars, threats to the planet, rampant
abortion, and murders (which effect the seed of Jacob, the Jews and many of the Christians) strongly
suggest that we are in the end time, the events in this chapter will be fulfilled quickly. "Alas! for that day
is great, so that none is like it: it is even
the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (Jer.
30:7).

Please read No. 41, "Christ's King" before reading this article.

"Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon
him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." (Is. 42:1).

The subject of this chapter is a man, who is chosen to serve God, "mine elect," and raised up and
supported by God, "My servant, whom I uphold." Like King David, the Lord loves him, he is one "in whom
My (God's) soul delighteth."

Like Christ, he is led by the Holy Spirit, "I have put My spirit upon him." "And Jesus being full of the Holy
Ghost returned from Jordan, and was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness." (Luke 4:1). There is no
mention of the Holy Ghost being inside Christ in Isaiah 42 ("Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost"), because
the Holy Ghost appears as a person separate from Christ's King during the end time.

This is the promised Branch of David who will establish God's Law on the whole earth, "he shall bring
forth judgment to the Gentiles." "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and
shall execute judgment and justice in the
earth
." (Jer. 23:5).

"He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street." (Is. 42:2).

He shall not be an orator, nor scheme to lift himself up, nor even speak loudly in the streets. He shall
leave the matter of his elevation strictly to God. God will cause others to lift him up.

"A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth
judgment unto truth." (Is. 42:3).

He shall not replace the world's bad judges, "a bruised reed shall he not break." The Rod of Is. 11:1 is the
ultimate Judge, the Holy Ghost (more on this soon). A reed is a hollow rod, a judge that has no
connection with the Holy Ghost to guide him in making decisions. A bruised reed is a judge who has
contempt for God's Law, a corrupt judge. The task of removing corrupt judges falls upon the people of
their jurisdictions.

He will not replace unclean priests, "the smoking flax shall he not quench." Flax, the fiber that produces
linen, is a symbol of the priesthood, who historically wore garments of linen. (See Exodus 28.) In the end
time, we have seen the rise of drawing smoke from various substances into the lungs. This is an unclean
habit, and smoking is used here as a symbol of all unclean habits. The task of dealing with unclean (or
worse, evil) priests falls upon their congregations.

Christ's King will issue guidelines for evaluating judges, "he shall bring forth judgment unto truth." The
Holy Ghost will consult with and rule for congregations of unclean priests within the Kingdom of God. "In
those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and
(s)he
shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land (God's Kingdom)
." (Jer. 33:15).

"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for
his law." (Is. 42:4).

The takeover of the earth by the Kingdom of God is a long process. It begins farm by farm as God's
people leave the cities. During the plagues, more are forced to flee the cities. "As I live, saith the Lord
God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and
with fury poured out, will I rule over
you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are
scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and
with fury poured out. And I will bring you
into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face." (Ez. 20:33-35).

Christ's King is crowned on Mount Zion, and many of the Christian nations choose to allow him to
arbitrate their disputes. "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall
reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15).

Finally, Christ's King becomes the ruler of the whole earth, and establishes God's Law and honest justice
on the whole earth. Throughout this long, long process, he never loses faith that God will prevail, "he
shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth." Isolated places will hear of him,
and pray to be included under his rule, "the isles shall wait for his law."

"Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the
earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them
that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep
thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to
bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house." (Is. 42:5-
7).

At the beginning of these verses, God reminds Christ's King of the reason he should have faith. God is
"He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which
cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein." The
Creator is a God to trust.

Christ's King is called by God and cleaned of his sins (see the discussion of Zechariah 3 in No. 41,
"Christ's King"), "I the Lord have called thee in righteousness." God promises to uphold and never fail
Christ's King, God "will hold thine hand, and will keep thee." Accepting the rule of God, through His
proxy, Christ's King, is a covenant that entitles people to claim the mercy of God, just as keeping God's
Law is a covenant with God. As He tells His chosen ruler, Christ's King, God will "give thee for a covenant
of the people." God prides Himself on "shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me (and show
their love through obedience), and keep my commandments." (Ex. 20:6).  

While Christ was sent first to Judah, seven years later the church He created was sent to the Gentiles,
Christ's King is promised "for a light of the Gentiles." He is to bring the whole earth under the
jurisdiction of God's Law as amended by Christ and to an understanding that God is the Creator and the
only God. After a long struggle, these things will be accomplished suddenly. "And it shall come to pass,
that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship
before Me, saith the Lord." (Is. 66:23).

Christ's King will enlighten the Jews who can't see that Christ was the Messiah, and enlighten the
Christians who can't see that obedience to God requires obedience to the Bible Law. He is charged by
God "to open the blind eyes."

With Christ and God's Law as his authority, Christ's King will put an end to prisons and establish corporal
punishment in their place. Here is the scripture in which Christ gives His King authority to close the
prison system.

"And He (Christ) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into
the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book
of the prophet Esaias (Isaiah). And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was
written, the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And
He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that
were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture
fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21).

Note that Christ was reading from Isaiah 61, which speaks more directly of the end of prisons. "The spirit
of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound
; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of
our God; to comfort all that mourn..." (Is. 61:1,2).

Here are the scriptures that allow Christ's King to reinstate beatings with a rod (no blood) for small sins
and flogging with a whip (shedding of blood for the remission of sins, see Hebrews 9:22) as a punishment
for crimes. "I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn unto David My servant, thy seed will I
establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. His seed also will I make to endure
for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
If his children forsake My law, and walk not in My
judgments; if they break My statutes, and keep not My commandments; then will I visit their
transgression (sin committed in ignorance, small sin) with the rod, and their iniquity (wickedness) with
stripes
." (Ps. 89:3,4,29-32).  

In reestablishing God's Law (as amended by Christ), Christ's King will enlighten the world about the
difference between iniquity and righteousness. He will do away with those training grounds for
wickedness, the prisons. Unless the sin is murder, for which the punishment is death, he will give
sinners another chance, punish them and set them free. In doing these things, he will deliver "them that
sit in darkness (ignorance) out of the prison house" of spiritual death for sin.

"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven
images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring
forth I tell you of them." (Is. 42:8,9).

The reign of Christ's King is founded on a prophetic message which explains prophecies that have been
fulfilled, "the former things (that) are come to pass." He will also have prophetic guidance in all his works
through the ministry of the Holy Ghost, "new things do I (God) declare: before they spring forth I tell you
of them."

"Sing unto the Lord a
new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and
all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up
their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from
the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands." (Is. 42:
10-12).

These verses describe the rejoicing of the church that gathers the Kingdom of God. They, the 144,000 of
twelve tribes of Israel, "sing unto the Lord a
new song," "they sing the song of Moses the servant of
God, and the song of the Lamb." (Rev. 15:3). "And they sung as it were
a new song before the throne, and
before the four beasts, and the elders: and
no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and
four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth
." (Rev. 14:3). Those who follow the 144,000 and their
King, the Lamb, (the great multitude of Rev. 7:9-17), can not learn the whole song, but they can sound
God's "praise from the end of the earth."

They sing the new song and God's praises before the churches, symbolised by the sea, the church, the
great storehouse of living water, biblical knowledge. They "go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the
isles (isolated foreign churches), and the inhabitants (congregations) thereof."

Daily the 144,000 go forth in pairs into the countryside and into the cities to teach the song of Moses the
servant of God (God's Law and His Kingdom) and the song of the Lamb (Christ's blood for our salvation).
The villages of Kedar are a symbol of Arabia, an indication of the special ministry to the seed of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob that intermarried among the Arabs. Many outside the Kingdom are gathered to the
message, "let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth
inhabit."

The Rock is God. "The Lord is my
rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I
will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Ps. 18:2). Members (saints) of
the Kingdom of God, who are living in perfect harmony with God's Law, also sing, "let the inhabitants of
the rock sing."

The end time church that calls the Kingdom of God will shout to all mankind from the house of God, "let
them shout from the top of the mountains." "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that
the mountain
(denomination) of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains
(denominations)
, and it shall be exalted above the hills (independent churches); and people shall flow
unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to
the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law
shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Micah 4:1,2). They will declare the
praises of the Lord near and far, "let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands."

In the time of the gathering of God's Kingdom, the Lord will go to war with His enemies. "The Lord shall
go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: He shall cry, yea, roar; He shall
prevail against His enemies. I have long time holden My peace; I have been still, and refrained Myself:
now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and
hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools." (Is. 42:13-15).

This is actually two cataclysmic events which speed the gathering. First, God "shall cry, yea, roar; He shall
prevail against His enemies." Then again, God will "cry like a travailing woman; I (God) will destroy and
devour at once."

These cataclysms are also prophesied in Ezekiel 20. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty
hand, and with a stretched out arm, and
with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out
from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand,
and with a stretched out arm, and
with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the
people, and there will I plead with you face to face." (Ez. 20:33-35).

In this time God will also judge the churches. "I will make waste mountains (denominations, see Micah 4:
1,2 quoted above) and hills (independent churches), and dry up all their herbs (store away, as herbs are
stored for the winter, all their saints for future resurrection); and I will make the rivers islands, and I will
dry up the pools (dry up their living water, their religious message)."

"And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I
will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and
not forsake them." (Is. 42:16).

God's people in the Christian church have fallen under the curse of spiritual blindness for refusing to
keep the commandments, for example the seventh day (Saturday) Sabbath (see Ex. 20:8-11). "But it shall
come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do ALL His
commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon
thee, and overtake thee: the Lord shall smite thee with madness (forsaking God), and
blindness
(forsaking God's Law), and astonishment of heart (amazement at the troubles that befall you): and thou
shalt grope at noonday,
as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways (wars
and recessions will hinder you): and thou shalt be only oppressed (by corrupt laws) and spoiled (looted
by excessive taxation) evermore, and no man shall save thee." (Deut. 28:15,28,29).  

For the sake of His Holy Name, God gathers His people, "and I will bring the blind by a way that they knew
not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known." This prophecy is fleshed out in Ezekiel 36.

"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by
their doings... And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries:
according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. Therefore say unto the house of
Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s
sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. For I will take you from among the
heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land." (Ez. 36:17,19,22,24).

Further, the Lord will take away their spiritual blindness and send them a spiritual message that brings
them back into His Law, "I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These
things will I do unto them, and not forsake them." This is also prophesied in Ezekiel 36.

"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your
idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will
take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And
I will put My spirit
within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them. And ye
shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.
" (Ez.
36:25-28).

"They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the
molten images, Ye are our gods." (Is. 42:17).

Those who trust in worldliness, in the great men and the great wealth and the distractions of the world,
will turn away from the gathering of the Kingdom of God. Not all of the descendants of Jacob will be
gathered, some will turn back or refuse to leave.

"Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my
messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? Seeing many
things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not." (Is. 42:18-20).

The Lord has stricken many of His servants, even those who strive for spiritual perfection, with
blindness and deafness, in particular these verses apply to the Rabbis, who continue to refuse Christ.
Here, from "Saving Judah," is an explanation of the prophecy of the blindness of the Rabbis.

""In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I
will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness."
(Zech. 12:4). Horses are the steeds of kings and great leaders, and they can symbolize the servants of
these men. "... the Lord hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly
horse in the battle." (Zech. 10:3). As the horses in Zech 10:3 symbolize God's servants the tribe of Judah
(the nation Israel and the known Jews who support it), in Zech. 12:4, horses symbolize the servants of the
great men of earth.
In the tribe of Judah (the known Jews) the horses of the people are Rabbis, who
intercede for the people in the houses of worship
. They will be smitten with blindness; in other words,
they will continue to refuse to acknowledge Christ the Messiah."" (See No. 23, "Saving Judah")

The blindness of the Rabbis and other devout Jews comes to a timely end. "For... blindness
in part is
happened to Israel (to Judah, the known Jews, part of Israel), until the fullness of the Gentiles be come
in (lost ten tribes returned from the Gentile nations). And so all Israel (all twelve tribes) shall be saved
(shall accept the Messiah, Christ): as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer (Christ), and
shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their
sins." (Romans 11:25-27).

"The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will magnify the law, and make it honourable."
(Is. 42:21). Christ's King will raise up God's Law.

"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison
houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore." (Is. 42:22).

The court system and laws we now have are a judgment from God. Convictions for crimes without
victims, entailing large legal fees, court costs and years of probation fees strain the resources of
workers, “but this is a people robbed and spoiled." People hide away from the police, fearing to be
arrested for bad habits, which affect only themselves, "they are all of them snared in holes." Three per
cent of the people of America are currently in jail, "they are hid in prison houses."

The legal system particularly oppresses those who dissent, and their lawyers conspire against them,
"they are for a prey, and none delivereth." (See No. 4, "The Cover-up," No. 9, "An Honest Church History"
and No. 7, "The Wrongful Death Lawsuit.") The judges and lawyers grow rich on the labor of those they
oppress, the middle class and the poor are "for a spoil (to be looted)." There is no voice raised in
protest, "and none sayeth, Restore (their liberty and their property and their human rights)."

"Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? " (Is. 42:23). The
people of earth should know what injustice they are leaving behind when they go forth to seek God's
Kingdom.

"Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, He against whom we have
sinned? for they would not walk in His ways, neither were they obedient unto His law." (Is. 42:24). The
Lord Himself has brought His people under this corrupt legal system, because they ignored His merciful
and righteous Law. Because God's people refused to walk in His Law, He gave them into the hands of
oppressors.

"Therefore He (God) hath poured upon him (the descendant of Jacob) the fury of His anger, and the
strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid
it not to heart." (Is. 42:25).

An estimated fifty million people died in WWII, with its furious battles and fire bombings. Many who died
were of the seed of Jacob (Israel), but they failed to understand that this was a judgment from God. (See
No. 39, "The Judgments Of Ezekiel 7.") It is time for God's people to take the "judgments made manifest"
to heart, these are the warnings of rapidly approaching judgment.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden