ISAIAH 55, CROWNING CHRIST'S KING
Isaiah 55 is about the formation of the Kingdom of God, God's call to Christ's King, and his elevation to
kingship. Further, it touches on the gathering of the Christian nations into the Kingdom, it gives us God's
assurance that He will deliver the promised Kingdom, and it previews the joy of the righteous as the
Kingdom of God takes over the earth,

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Is. 55:1). The Kingdom of God comes
forth farm by farm. Its call is not to every man, but to those who thirst for living water, "every one that
thirsteth, come ye to the waters." There is water all over the earth, but only the emerging Kingdom of God
and its missionaries have living waters. In other words, this is a religious call, not an offer to feed the
hungry heathens of the world. (Feeding the hungry of the world is wonderful work, but until the end of
the plagues, the sole purpose of the Kingdom of God is to preserve God's people as God destroys the
wicked.)

The persons who answer the call need not have money, their food is free all the time that they are in the
Kingdom, "come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." The
words of Christ indicate that the free food and drink are for the righteous. (The wine is reserved for the
daily sacrament.)

"The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that
offend (malingerers, trouble makers), and them which do iniquity (take advantage of the saints in large or
small ways); and shall cast them into a furnace of fire (sent them away during the time of the plagues):
there shall be wailing (of loved ones who remain) and gnashing of teeth (from those who are exiled).
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let
him hear." (Matt. 13:41-43).

Before Christ's King rises to rule, the priest and people who keep the daily on each farm will have to
judge who must be asked to leave for unchristian behavior. I would suggest a uniform mark on those
adults who are obvious criminals, so that they can not victimize farm after farm. An inverted "v" cut into
the bottom of the right earlobe should do the job. Anyone offered lodging on a farm (which is also free)
should be required to sign a form giving their consent to such marking if they are caught in criminal acts.

"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." (Is.
55:2). The difference between those who die in the plagues and those who survive will be the availability
of food. Here God's people are warned to concentrate their spending and their labor on preparing a food
supply for the plagues, "wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for
that which satisfieth not?" If you take this advice, as God says "hearken diligently unto me," your farm will
have feed for your livestock when they can't graze because of the fallout. You will have a well for safe
water for man and beast, stocks of organic grain to be stone ground for bread, "eat ye that which is
good," and an unending supply of milk, butter, cheese and eggs, "let your soul delight itself in fatness."

"Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting
covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." (Is. 55:3). This is the call to Christ's King, who is a
sinner, "incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live." (For more see No. 41,
"Christ's King.")

The covenant God makes with Christ's King is found in various scriptures. He will be king. "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. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel
shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness." (Jer. 23:
5,6). (Christ's King is not Christ,
the Branch of David, but a Branch, "I will raise unto David a righteous
Branch," and therefore his title is properly rendered as, "the Lord our righteousness."

By the covenant, Christ's King is also a priest. "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in My ways,
and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge My house, and shalt also keep My courts, and I
will give thee places to walk among these that stand by." (Zech. 3:7). During Christ's King's rule, the meek
will inherit the earth, that is also part of the covenant. "I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto
me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of
iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel." (Ps. 2:7-9).

The covenant includes forgiveness of sins, "the sure mercies of David."  David sinned against God in the
death of Uriah and the theft of Bathsheba. The prophet Nathan accused him. "Wherefore hast thou
despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the
sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon."
(2 Sam. 12:9). But God did not kill David although he deserved to die. "And David said unto Nathan, I have
sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not
die." (2 Sam. 12:13). While the covenant of priesthood in the preceding paragraph indicates that God
expects Christ's King to walk in His ways, the sins of his youth are put away.

"Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people." (Is. 55:4).
This traces Christ's King's rise to prominence. He begins as a "witness to the people." (What he speaks of
is his to tell you.) Then he becomes a shepherd, a religious "leader," and finally a prince, a "commander."
"And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed
them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince
among them; I the Lord have spoken it." (Ez. 34:23,24).

"Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee
because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee." ((Is. 55:5).
Although he is not a Jew, his call will be to the nation Israel and all the Jews, "thou shalt call a nation that
thou knowest not." Although his message is not focused on them, the Christian nations will answer the
call because God raises him up, "nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy
God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee." (Also see No. 43, "Zechariah 8, Calling The
Christian Nations.")

"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon
him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Is. 55:6,7).

This time of the formation of God's Kingdom on earth is a time when God will be extremely merciful to
sinners. He will judge them according to the judgment of Abraham. "And he (Abraham) believed in the
Lord; and He (God) counted it to him (Abraham) for righteousness." (Gen. 15:6). If you trust in God's
promises and seek out His Kingdom, God will count you righteous enough to join it. "In those days, and in
that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going
and weeping (repentant) : they shall go, and seek the Lord their God." (Jer. 50:4). The door will not always
be open, so God's people are advised to "seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while
He is near."

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your
thoughts." (Is. 55:8,9).

The reason God will abundantly pardon is that He wishes to save as many of the seed of Israel as
possible. If God invites many who prove to be incapable of being good neighbors into His Kingdom, He
hopes that when the angels that Christ sends to "gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and
them which do iniquity" (Matt. 13:41) cast forth the doers of iniquity, the children of those cast forth will
remain in the Kingdom to preserve their father's seed.

"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the
earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so
shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish
that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Is. 5:10,11).

God's promises are as sure as the rain. He will fulfill His prophecies and deliver His promised Kingdom.
"And in the days of these kings (the ten kings that came forth from the breakup of the Roman Empire)
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be
left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for
ever." (Dan. 2:44).

As the Kingdom comes forth, the Holy Ghost will crown Christ's King. "For ye shall go out with joy, and be
led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the
trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Is. 55:12). Christ's King will come out of hiding with joy and
vindication, "for ye shall go out with joy." He shall "be led forth with peace" by the Holy Ghost who crowns
him in the sight of the church. "Who art thou, O great mountain (the Christian church)? before Zerubbabel
(born in Babylon, the Holy Ghost) thou shalt become a plain (fall on your face): and (s)he shall bring forth
the headstone (Christ's King) thereof (of the church) with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." (Zech.
4:7).

The surviving Christian churches will not just accept Christ's King, they shall rejoice in him; "the
mountains (denominations) and the hills (individual churches) shall break forth before you (Christ's King)
into singing." The people of the Kingdom (trees of righteousness, see Is. 61:3) shall also rejoice and
approve, "all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and
it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." (Is. 55:13). This verse
signals the reformation of mankind, formerly characterized as thorns and briers. "The best of them (men)
is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen (God's prophets
warning from the scripture) and thy visitation (God's rise to judgment) cometh; now shall be their
perplexity (those who fight God with perverseness and oppression will be confounded)." (Micah 7:4).

The name referred to is Branch, it stands for both the King of God's Kingdom and the people therein, "it
shall be to the Lord for a
name." Here are the scriptures. "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. 23:5,6). "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for
ever, the
branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified." (Is. 60:21). "I (Christ) am
the vine, ye are the
branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without Me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5).  

There are many signs in the Bible, for example the Sabbath is a sign between God and man. "Moreover
also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord
that sanctify them." (Ez. 20:12). In the same way, the Millennium Kingdom is given "for an everlasting sign
that shall not be cut off." That means that once the Kingdom of God has taken over the earth, there will be
a thousand years of peace, a sabbatical rest from sin in government. Additionally, once formed the
kingdom will endure as "an everlasting sign," "the kingdom shall not be left to other people... and it shall
stand for ever." (Dan. 2:44).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden