ISAIAH CHAPTER 6
Chapter 6 is the documentation of Isaiah's
commission from God to prophesy, or teach a new and particular dispensational prophecy given concerning the substitution of
blood sacrifice for forgiveness of sin. This is brought out in verses 4-8, but the thought is impossible to see in the english
of the KJV, and is not much easier to comprehend in the other versions. It is for this reason that I have supplied below the
word definitions from the Strong's Lexicon and the Brown-Briggs-Driver Dictionary.
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.
King Uzziah (strength of God)-- Uzziah had served God well and won many battles for Judah. He prospered until he took it upon
himself to burn incense before God in the place of the Levitical Priests. God struck him with leprosy wihtin the temple itself.
He was cutoff from the house of God until his death. see 2 Chron 26. When he was struck with leprosy, he remained king, but
lived in a separate house. This is a warning it seems of the King line trying also to take over God's business, much as we
have today, combining government with religion. 'I saw'= I saw clearly, and with understanding.
6:2 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.
V2 'Above it'= above the throne 'seraphims'= burning ones. Celestial beings named but unexplained in God's
word. The same name used of the serpents in Num 21:6 because of the burning effect produced by their bite. It doesn't say
how many there were in this verse, but in Rev. 4:8 there are four. Rev 4:8 is a very similar description, but they are called
in the Greek "Zoon" , meaning alive, but which the KJV translates
6:3 And one cried unto another, and
said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
V3 'Holy, Holy, Holy'-- A threefold
announcement, .much praise to the Lord of Hosts. ie, "The Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
6:4 And the posts of the door
moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Here is the key verse to understanding where
Isaiah got his messianic commission.
V4 'posts of the door moved'= a very confusing translation here. the word translated
"posts" is listed in Strongs as a "mother, or base unit of measure", a cubit, or standard of measure.. "door" is a
vestibule in the sense of containing, or a basin for holding blood or wine. "moved"= scattered, or gone away, removed,
done away with.
'smoke'--perhaps from the fire of the word of God?
Translate verse 6 thusly "the old standard of
blood sacrifice is taken away"
Here is where you will have to pull out your Strongs and check for yourself. This is
a very important announcement, for since Moses, the people have had their altars and sacrifices, and now Isaiah is going to
have to tell them that Faith is to replace it. Think about having your whole 'religion' done away with. Isaiah is going to
have to tell the Jews the same message Yashua did when He came.
This is where Isaiah was shown by God that there was
soon to be a removing of the blood sacrifice and its replacement by Christ, for in the next chapter Isaiah prophesies both
the virgin birth, and Immanuel. Since Isaiah will shortly volunteer to take this new information to the people, this could
perhaps explain why Isaiah was so hated by his own people. Tradition has him being sawed in half while hiding in a hollow
tree. It was not to be a popular proclamation to the Jews, as Christ would later prove.
6:5 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.
V5 'Woe...undone'--Isaiah realizes that blood sacrifice for sin has been taken away,
and as he is a sinner like all of us, and realizes that he is lost without an acceptable means of forgiveness. 'seen'--compare
6: 6 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:
V6 'flew'--compare "ran" in Luke 15:20 'the tongs'--ref to Ex 25:38, 37:23 (snuffers), Num
4:9. Isaiah's sin to be purged by a live coal directly from the altar of God! Here is where Isaiah has to have faith that
God will do the purging without the need for animal sacrifice, a pointer to 'the more excellent way', our Lord Jesus.
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.
'iniquity'=sins 'purged'= covered or atoned, not the same heb. word as in 1:25 or 4:4. Note that this is the first time that
God allowed atonement for sin without a blood sacrifice. Isaiah's sins were purged by God at the word of a messenger of God
(the seraphim) This is a foretaste of the Redemption by Christ. Actually Isaiah was not the first to accept on faith, but
it is very plain here in ch 6 that he did accept it.
6:8 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.
V8 'voice'--this is the voice proclaiming the scattering of
v4: Note the "us", as in ELOHIM, same as in Gen. "Let Us make man..." Thus Isaiah is in the presence of the complete Godhead
"Holy, Holy, Holy" of verse 2 above) when the proclamation is made. Isaiah volunteered immediately. Compare John eating the
book in Rev 10:9-11.
6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed,
but perceive not.
6:10 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.
words of God is a prophecy of deepest import in Israel's history. They are quoted seven times in the new testament; Matt:
13:4, Mk 4:12, Luke 8:10, Jn 12:40, Acts 28:26-27, Rom 11:8, and the same thought or context is mentioned repeatedly in most
of the Prophets. Note the way that V 10 plays on the senses, both forward and backward. (heart- ears- eyes--eyes- ears- heart)
In a major way, this verse has long been difficult to explain, for it is true that God does not wish all to hear at this time,
and some cannot
accept this truth. Recall, however, Christs' words when the disciples asked him why he spoke in parables.
6:11 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,
V11 'how long'--compare Rev 6:10; 'wasted'= desolate: 'without'=
for want of; 'man'= adam; 'land'= ground, or soil; This verse refers to the last times, still future, at the day of the LORD.
As demonstrated in
the next two verses this should probably be taken in sense of the blindness of the last times.
And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
V12 'removed men'=
scattered spiritual Israel, or adam (men): Even the ones who truly love God's word will be scattered at this time. Jesus told
us in Mk 13:9-12 that those who taught his word would be hated. In Amos ch 8, verses 10-11, we were told that the famine of
the end times would be for hearing the word of God, and not for want of bread and water (food) 'forsaking'= forsaking God
as in the great apostasy, where people would rather be taught the word of man. See 2 Thess 2:3, and Isa 29:10-13.
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.
V13 'tenth shall return ...eaten'--The
ones who still teach God's truth will be listened to. A tenth is a 'tithe'. 'Teil tree'= terebinth 'substance'= rootstock
'cast their leaves'= are felled. That is, even though the 'tree' of Israel is felled, (scattered), their spirit will return
to god when they sprout back out from the root. The Idea here is that even though many will be deceived, during the time of
Jacob's trouble they will know the true word of God when they are taught. 'The Holy seed'= the Elect. will be the vehicle
which revives them with the WORD of GOD. The negative part is the tree representing Nebuchadnezzar was felled also, but the
roots were left in the ground, banded with the iron and brass Kingdoms which were to follow. (Dan 4:23). They have resurrected
the "babylon" we live in today.
Isaiah got straight to work with this message, for right after this, in Isa 7:14, we
have the 'sign' given "A Virgin shall conceive a son and call his name "God with us".