1Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. 2Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. 3He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet. 4Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. 5The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came. 6They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. 7So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved. 8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 14Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 15Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 16Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. 17When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. 18I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 19I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: 20That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. Isaiah 41: 1-20
My holy people; even in the midst of all the judgment and the squalor of your surroundings, there is the hope, there is the grace, there is the token – of My love to you. I am ushering in harsh judgment that will be difficult for many to reconcile to a loving God, yet I tell you what you are seeing is just the start of many such judgments, many such calamities that will befall those that have worshipped after other gods, those who have forsaken their true love for another. These are not judgments of the world, but judgments upon My own house, upon the church, for running after other lovers, for running after those that will bring them no help whatsoever.
Many simply cannot comprehend the height and width and depth of My love in this. Many throw up their hands and say “where is God in this, where is at?” I tell you I am right in the middle of it, I am the author of it, I am the instigator of all these things. Why? Because of My great love for My Church.
Out of the ashes of failure and judgment, shall rise a people whose heart is wholly after Mine. There will be a revival that shall rebuild the waste places, a people that shall rebuild the waste places, and the world is not worthy of such a remnant, but nevertheless, it will happen with a certainty.
Down and out are those who are running after other lovers, but those around shall witness what I am doing, they will witness My Hand at work and out of this will rise a remnant that shall be willing to lay down their own agenda and take up Mine. Gone will be the preacher shows. Gone will be the powerless ranting. Gone will be the chaff. In its place shall arise a people who carry My wind, My oil and My fire. Through these shall come a freedom of moving in the Spirit that will be unlike any other. Instead of trying to get Me to bless what they do, they will seek Me with all their heart, listen to My counsel and follow Me. These are truly My disciples and these will be a powerful remnant in the earth.
Then I will open up rivers on the barren hills and wells down in the broad valleys. I will indeed turn the desert into a lake and dry ground into springs. Life and growth and beauty shall be born from ashes. Mighty oaks of righteousness shall be established. My Name will be lifted high and much fruit to Father’s glory shall be laid at His feet.
First must come the burning judgments. Then will come the brilliant flames of consecration.