In Isaiah 58 we read of four events taking place which start the tribulation. The first event is the appointed time of Trumpets which starts the time of tribulation. We are told that we are to declare to the people their transgressions. We are to speak to the house of Israel (Jacob) their sins.
1“Cry aloud, do not hold back;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet,
And declare to My people their transgression
And to the house of Jacob (Israel) their sins.
The people shall delight to know the ways of Yahuwah, but shall not follow in the ways prescribed to them.
2 “Yet they seek Me day by day and delight [superficially] to know My ways,
As [if they were in reality] a nation that has done righteousness
And has not abandoned (turned away from) the ordinance of their Elohim.
They ask of Me righteous judgments,
They delight in the nearness of Yahuwah.
The people shall then speak to Yahuwah after the day of atonement asking why He does not see how they have fasted and humbled themselves, where Yahuwah will reject them as they are not fasting as He asked for them to fast, but are partaking in the physical fast and not the spiritual fast. That is they are literally fasting and not fasting from the things of doing what they want when they should be fasting from this and assisting others instead.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You do not see it?
Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’
Hear this [O Israel], on the day of your fast [when you should be grieving for your sins] you find something you desire [to do],
And you force your hired servants to work [instead of stopping all work, as the law teaches].
Yahuwah explains that the fast they partake of is not the fast He desires.
4 “The facts are that you fast only for strife and brawling and to strike with the fist of wickedness. You do not fast as you do today to make your voice heard on high.
5 “Is a fast such as this what I have chosen, a day for a man to humble himself [with sorrow in his soul]?
Is it only to bow down his head like a reed, and to make sackcloth and ashes as a bed [pretending to have a repentant heart]?
Do you call this a fast and a day pleasing to Yahuwah?
Yahuwah then explains what the day of atonement is about in a plain language that all may understand.
6 “[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose,
To undo the bonds of wickedness,
To tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke,
To let the oppressed go free
And break apart every [enslaving] yoke?
7 “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?
Yahuwah tells us what the result will be for those who do the things He has asked:
8 “Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your healing (restoration, new life) will quickly spring forth;
Your righteousness will go before you [leading you to peace and prosperity],
The glory of Yahuwah will be your rear guard.
9 “Then you will call, and Yahuwah will answer;
You will cry for help, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away from your midst the yoke [of oppression],
The finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and [every form of] wicked (sinful, unjust) speech,
10 And if you offer yourself to [assist] the hungry
And satisfy the need of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.
11 “And Yahuwah will continually guide you,
And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Then He tells us of the third event which shall take place for those who follow His appointed times.
12 “And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will raise up and restore the age-old foundations [of buildings that have been laid waste];
You will be called Repairer of the Breach,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
But what is it that these people shall restore? He tells us they shall restore the fourth commandment which encompasses the Love of Yahuwah. This is the fourth event to take place in this scripture.
13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a [spiritual] delight, and the holy day of the Yahuwah honourable,
And honour it, not going your own way
Or engaging in your own pleasure
Or speaking your own [idle] words,
14 Then you will take pleasure in Yahuwah,
And I will make you ride on the high places of the earth,
And I will feed you with the [promised] heritage of Jacob (Israel) your father;
For the mouth of Yahuwah has spoken.”
So we are indeed coming closer to this appointed time. Shall you be found ready or wanting?
I pray to be ready, Robert …