Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me.” Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. – Isaiah 48:16-18 NKJ
It is believed by many Bible scholars that God tells us over 365 times; DO NOT FEAR, DO NOT WORRY, DO NOT FRET…. This is such an important message that God feels the need to tell us this daily. There are 365 days in a year, and God as our CREATOR, knows His creature, He knows our frame, said the Psalmist. (Psalm 103:14) If God says something ONE time it is important- if He says it more than once it is really important! Like a good parent who tells their children over and over the important messages, and lessons of life- our Abba, Daddy repeats Himself for impact and import. The more important something is, the more He REMINDS US! This is the purpose of the SHEMA; to REMIND, to REMEMBER, to RECOLLECT. Why? Because He knows our frame, He knows our proclivities, He knows our patterns, and He knows our NATURE! “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) Thus Saith the Lord!
Leader, of all the things said and then repeated in the Bible, I do believe the most prevalent thing said was, “Thus saith the Lord ”. Dr. J Vernon McGee posits that, “Thus saith the Lord’, in its many forms- God says, The Lord says, God spoke…- is spoken throughout all of scripture, and it is spoken 2500 times. Because of translations, and transliterations and paraphrases, it is hard to get an exact counting of the times. I have seen the number as low as 1900 and as high as 4000. The point is that this phrase is repeated more than any other in the Bible and it IS IMPORTANT! God is our Parent, and He is instructing us in HIS WAYS! Proverbs 22:6 tells us these words of WISDOM; Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. After GOD SPOKE the world into creation, THUS SAITH THE LORD: Then the LORD God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. And the LORD God commanded him, “You may eat freely from every tree of the garden, 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-16) Then this happened: Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent told her. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom, she took the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed together fig leaves and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7) This is how man has always gotten in trouble. We listened to a perverted, twisted version of the truth instead of listening to; THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Conduit, we can see why America is in such turmoil and is rapidly declining and collapsing from within. THUS SAITH THE LORD; Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! With a voice of singing, Declare, proclaim this, Utter it to the end of the earth; Say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob!” And they did not thirst When He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow from the rock for them; He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out. “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”- (Isaiah 48:20-22) Ancient Babylon was located in modern-day Iraq. Ancient Babylon rose to dominance after throwing off the bonds of the Assyrians. Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar figured prominently in the Old Testament, as it was Babylon that invaded Judah, destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and carried off many Jews to Babylon as exiles. Gotquestions.org says this about Babylon: Because of the awful destruction caused by the Babylonians, Babylon became a symbol for the stereotypical enemies of God and His people. (Sodom and Egypt are also used in this way.) Babylon figures prominently in the book of Revelation as the ultimate enemy of God and persecutor of His people. “Babylon the Great” will be overthrown, but here is how she is described: “Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus” (Revelation 17:3–6). Revelation also records the downfall of Babylon, lamented by people of the world (chapter 18), along with the rejoicing of the saints at her demise (chapter 19). In summary, Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the temple and became a symbol for the enemy of God and His people. Revelation uses this imagery, so Babylon in Revelation most likely does not refer to a revived Babylonian Empire but to a national entity that will persecute and destroy in “the spirit of the Babylonians.” The difference is that ancient Babylon destroyed Jerusalem as God’s judgment for her unfaithfulness. In the last days, “Babylon” persecutes believers who are being faithful, and it is Babylon who will be judged. ” Thus saith the Lord! If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) Matthew 4:17; From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” THUS SAITH THE LORD!