Isaiah 50 – Sin Separates Israel from God & Salvation: Can You Lose It?

Wow!  The devil is really working hard at destroying people.  Why would anyone that truly loves Jesus want to do something that is against Him?  I mean, even if you could get away with it, if you truly love Jesus why would you want to do it?

I know there are temptations that we can’t control, but You gave us an out (1 Cor 10:13). 

Damascus and Aleppo
Damascus and Aleppo were two cities situated at the center of the Silk Road, a key intercontinental trade route that linked the Roman Empire to China. Caravans traveling on the Silk Road traded in silk, perfumes, and spices in the Far East.

The city of Aleppo, for example, lay at the crossroads of two trade routes, one from India and the other from Damascus. They were important trading centers of caravan traffic and powerful centers of urban culture. Both regions are situated near the Mediterranean coast (about 62 miles from the sea).

The two towns contain agricultural land and nomad territory. Both Damascus and Aleppo suffered earthquakes, epidemics, and internal strife throughout history but were able to regain their prominence successfully after every adversity.

Damascus (Dimashq as-Sham in Arabic) is one of the oldest cities in the world that is still inhabited. The ancient city of Damascus lies within city walls. Excavations reveal that the earliest inhabitants lived there sometime between 10,000 and 8000 b.c.e. The city of Aleppo, on the other hand, was inhabited from 1800 b.c.e., according to archaeological records. After 800 b.c.e. the Assyrians, the Persians, and then the Greeks, in 333 b.c.e., ruled Aleppo.

Damascus only achieved prominence in 1100 b.c.e. after the coming of the Semitic peoples known as the Aramaeans. The Aramaeans built up the infrastructure in the city in the form of canals and tunnels linked to the Barada River. The water distribution system was then improved upon by later rulers of the city, the Romans who conquered Syria in 64 b.c.e., and members of the Omayyad dynasty.

Because of their similarities, Damascus and Aleppo were rivals, and comparisons were often made of them. Even though Aleppo was more successful in economic terms, it seems that Damascus thrived even more as a center of Islam. Islamic intellects often congregated in Damascus, and Islamic art flourished in the city.

Conditions in Damascus were very well suited for the flourishing of the intellectual and artistic milieu, as it had been the center of large empires of those who ruled over it. Damascus was after all the base for the Muslims against the crusaders in the seventh century c.e. During that time it was the center of administration of the caliph.

Damascus became the military and political base of Muslim fighters against the crusaders. Nuraddin first acquired Damascus and Aleppo in 1154, followed by Saladin after his death. In 1260 Mongols attacked the cities, which fell to the hands of the Mamluks in 1317. Damascus continued to enjoy political prominence under the Mamluks as the capital of the Mamluk Empire until 1516, though this period witnessed another Mongol invasion of Damascus in 1400.

Damascus occupies an important position in Sunni tradition as one of the holiest Muslim cities along with Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem, because landmarks events in Islamic history occurred there. It is the birthplace of Abraham and is also where Moses was buried.

 But there are many that are just those types of people.  Those that live only for themselves, not for You, or actually anyone.  I

I know there are a lot of people that use the Bible for their own benefit, to manipulate people or to make a profit.  I have heard of the “Textual Criticism,” what does that mean?

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1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away?  Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?  Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

”Mother’s divorcement” – a husband was required to give this to a wife he wished to divorce (Deut 24:1, 3).  According to Jer 3:8 God gave the northern kingdom of Israel her certificate of divorce and Isa 54:6-7 Indicates that God had left Judah (see 62:4). 

Perhaps Isaiah’s point is that God did not initiate the divorce; Judah broke her relationship with Him.  the exile, then was actually a temporary period of separation rather than divorce.  God doesn’t like divorce (Mk 10:4-9).

Divorce does not seem to be a sin, but if you divorce and remarry the new marriage is adultery (Mk 10:10-12).

“My creditors” – if a man’s debts were not paid his children could be sold into slavery (see 2 Kgs 4:1).  But God has no creditors.

2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man?  When I called, was there none to answer?  Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem?  Or have I no power to deliver?  Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea,  I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

“Opened mine’s ear” – a sign of obedience.

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

“My back to the smiters” – beatings were for criminals or fools.

“Plucked off the hair” – plucking the beard was a sign of disrespect and contempt.

“Shame and spitting” – to show hatred or to insult or disgrace.

7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me?  Let us stand together: who is mine adversary?  Let him come near to me.

“Contend with” – because Christ was sinless, He also nullifies the charges brought against any who believe in Him (see Rom 8:31-34).

9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me?  Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

“Wax old as a garment; the moth” – those who falsely accuse the righteous succumb to moths in 51:8 (i.e., they will be destroyed).

10  Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?  Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.

11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled.  This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Salvation: Can You Lose It?

Many people think that once you are saved it’s a done deal.  The Bible doesn’t say that anywhere, but on the contrary. 

The following scripture is the one mostly used to claim that you can’t lose your salvation:

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Rom 8:30).

What does predestined mean?  I talked about predestination in my blog “Freewill and Predestination.”  God says that we were predestined before He even created Earth.  We were predestined for what, to be saved?

No, our spirits were predestined to become human beings on the planet earth.  If we are predestined to spend eternity with God then we have no freewill. 

As I previously said, nowhere in the Bible does it say you cannot lose your salvation.  I will show you four of them that say you can.  Jesus Himself says you can lose your salvation:

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matt 7:21-23).

The people Jesus is talking about could easily be Catholic priests.  They help people all the time, and they do it in Jesus’ name, but they do it for money or status.  And of course, they are also famous for molesting altar boys.  No one can do it better than them. 

Do you think God would let a scammer or pervert in heaven?  No, He even says He won’t:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexual), nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10).

or this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph 5:5). 

People also like to use what Paul says here:

What shall we than say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us? 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Rom 8:33-34).

To go with the above scripture Jesus said:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me (all believers), is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I am my Father are one (Jn 10:27-30).

Again I say, in either of the above scriptures where does it say anything about not losing your salvation?  What these scriptures are saying is as long as you walk with Jesus no person or the devil can take away your salvation, only He can and He will if:

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (Heb 10:26-27).

For the above scripture I’ll use Rick Warren as an example.  He had once been a great man for God, led many to Christ and still might, but now he’s sleeping with the enemy.  He’s buddies with Obama, a Muslim what worships Allah (an extremely stupid move Ex 20:3).

Warren doesn’t stop there; he’s also piggy-backing with the Muslims, stating that Christian’s and the Muslims worship the same God.   I don’t think so, we worship Jesus Christ, and they worship the pagan god Allah.

The question is, “Has Warren and people like him gone too far yet or not to lose their salvation?”  Once you lose it that’s it:

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame (Heb 6:4-6).

And those that lose their salvation will pay a very, very high price:

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.  For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more (Lk 12:47-48).

I told you I had four scriptures to prove that you can lose you salvation, here is the last one:

Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men (Matt 12:31).

As I said, there is nowhere in the Bible that states you cannot lose your salvation and there isn’t.  Those that think you can’t lose it are calling God a liar.

God is great, He’s fabulous, He’s awesome, but he can’t be played, nor can you negotiate with Him (I had tried those decades ago).  Nobody can use Him:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Gal 6:7).