ISAIAH
1st 783-738 B.C. Chp. 1-40
2nd 735-719 B.C. Chp. 40-55
3rd 719-704 B.C. Chp. 55-66
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People and Leaders

Isaiah 1:2
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth,
For the Lord has spoken:
I (the Lord) reared the children and brought them up—
And they have rebelled against Me!

Isaiah 1:4
My people takes no thought
Ah, sinful nation!
sp;  People laden with iniquity!
Brook of evildoers!
Depraved children!
They have forsaken the Lord,
Turned their backs on Him.

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rogues
And cronies of thieves,
Every one avid for presents
And greedy for gifts.

The majority of ‘people’ ‘take no thought’ and the leaders are rogues; the typical realities at the end of an age. (references from the new translation of the Tanakh)

The Lord here is probably Melchizedek, who through Moses and the patriarchs "reared and brought the children" of Israel up. Now we slip into what is still the future to us :

Messiah

Isaiah 2:2
In the days to come,
The Mount of the Lord’s House
Shall stand firm above the mountains.
And tower above the hills’
And all the nations
Shall gaze upon it with joy.
And the many peoples shall go and say:
"Come, let us go up to the Mount of the Lord,
To the House of God of Jacob;
That He may instruct us in His ways,
And that we may walk in His paths."

For instruction shall come forth from Zion
The word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Then
he will judge among the nations
And arbitrate for the many peoples,
And
they shall beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not take up
Sword against nation;

They shall never again know wa
r.

     War will cease forever when Melchizedek takes sovereignty. The "mount of the Lord’s house" is the present temple mount of modern Israel on which the 3rd Temple will be built and in which "the presence of the Lord" (Melchizedek’s semi-material form) will dwell once again. The nations will be judged and the world’s corrupt leadership will be deposed and replaced by those of true merit. Melchizedek will personally instruct, judge, arbitrate and do away with war on this world. If not for divine intervention, the world as we know it would have perished.The Lord continues to speak through Isaiah to the leaders:

Isaiah 2:17
Then man’s haughtiness will be humbled
And the pride of man brought low.
None but the Lord shall be
Exalted in that day.

Isaiah 3:15
How dare you crush My people
And grind the faces of the poor…

Isaiah 4:2
In that day,
The radiance of the Lord
Will lend beauty and glory,
And the splendor of the land
Will give dignity and majesty
To the
survivors of Israel
And those who remain in Zion. (the remnant)

     Lord Melchizedek’s semi-material presence is capable of emanating large quantities of visible light, thus "the radiance of the Lord." The "splendor of the land" alludes to the transformation of the soon-to-be-desolated modern Israel, into a beautiful and bounteous "new garden of Eden." Notice here that there are two remnants after the upcoming world events: " the survivors of Israel " and " those who remain in Zion," i.e., Jerusalem. Both of these remnants: one from the northern Lost Ten Tribes and another from the southern tribes of Judah lineage, today’s modern Israel, will be further discussed elsewhere. Next we have:

Misleaders

Isaiah 5:12
They (the leaders) never give a thought
To the plan of the Lord,
And take no note
Of what He is designing…

Isaiah 5:14
And down it shall go,
That splendor and tumult
That din and revelry …

Isaiah 5:20
Ah,
those who call evil good
And good evi
l;
Who present darkness as light
And light as darkness;
Ah,
Those who are so wise—
In their own opinion;
So clever—
In their own judgment!

     Such people are all around us. They are our leadership class (the class of the power elite). The confusion created by ‘those who call evil good and good evil’ is also all around us today. Values seem to be upside down from what they should be. But those who love God will not succumb because:

Isaiah 8:10
Hatch a plot—it shall be foiled.
Agree on action—it shall not succeed.
For with us is God!

Slipping into the future again, we have:

Isaiah 10:20-22
And in
that day,
The
remnant of Israel
And the escaped of the House of Jacob
Shall lean no more upon him
That beats it,
But shall lean sincerely
On the Lord, the Holy One of Israel
Only a remnant shall return,
Only a remnant of Jacob,
To mighty God.
Even if your people, O Israel,
Should be as the sands of the sea,
Only a remnant shall return.

     Those "who beat" the "escaped of the House of Jacob" and the "remnant of Israel" are the leaders and power elite who persecute and "hold captive" those who follow God during the trial period at the end of this age. The Lord through Isaiah tell us that the people, once liberated from their leaders who ‘beat them’ will lean/rely directly only on the Holy One of Israel. Notice "only a remnant" of Jacob and Israel returns – the faithful and true.

Note here again, there returns two remnants: "The Israel remnant," the remnant of the Northern Ten Tribes who lost their identity and have never returned; and the remnant of the "House of Jacob" probably referring to the remnant of the Jews/Judah, those who will escape the future destruction of modern Israel. Also note again the phrase "sand of the sea " to refer to the multitudes of the Lost Ten Tribes. Remember, "Israel" (the Northern Tribes) is composed mainly of the "myriads" of Joseph’s chosen son Ephraim and the "multitudes" of his other son Manasseh. We will identify this large group of people soon. Both Ephraim and Manasseh were to be abundantly blessed; past, present and future. God and Melchizedek have temporarily allowed the land of Canaan to be taken from Jacob (Judah and Israel) in consequence to their backsliding; but they never take away their love for them or the promises they gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These promises will be made good in the years directly ahead of us. Now we next have:

Messiah

Isaiah 11:7
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid …
A babe shall play over a viper’s hole …

The Urantia Book tells us that the angels have powers over the beasts of the land. I believe that we will witness this power. Again we have:

He (the Lord Melchizedek) will hold up a signal to the nations
And
assemble the banished of Israel (northern ten lost tribes)
And
gather the dispersed of Judah (the Jewish remnant)
From the four corners of the earth. (my parentheses)

God’s people will be gathered from all corners of the earth at age’s end, wherever a soul exists that loves and respects his Creator, no matter what religion, race, or creed.

Isaiah 12:5
Hymn the Lord,
For He has done gloriously;
Let this be known
In all the world!
Oh, shout for joy,
You who dwell in Zion!
For great
in your midst
Is the Holy One of Israel.

The semi-material Melchizedek (Holy One of Israel) will literally dwell "in our midst," once again in Zion as before. Now we have:

Isaiah 24:14
These shall lift up their voices,
Exult in the majesty of the Lord.
They shall shout from the sea:
Therefore honor the Lord with lights
In the
coastlands of the sea—…
From the end of the earth
We hear singing.
Glory to the righteous!

Notice here that those who rejoice in God’s victory are located far away from Canaan, and across the sea from the country Israel and shout from coastlands. Where and who could they be? Why are they shouting and singing? Next, we change subjects:

Isaiah 24:18
For sluices are opened on high,
And earth’s foundations tremble.
The earth is breaking, breaking;
The earth is crumbling, crumbling.
The earth is tottering, tottering;
The earth is swaying like a drunkard;
It is rocking to and fro like a hut.
Its iniquity shall weigh it down …
In that day, the Lord will punish
The host of heaven in heaven
And the kings of the earth on earth.

This stanza indicates large-scale motions and disruptions in the earth at the time when "the Lord" arrives to establish peace. This may represent large scale tectonic activity or possibly even shifting of the poles as discussed in the chapter on Emily Dickinson. In that day confirms that this passage refers to the end of the age. The "hosts of heaven" are the rebellious spirit beings involved in the Lucifer rebellion. Also notice that the "kings of the earth" will be singled out for their mis-leadership. This is because these "leaders of nations" will cause the peoples of the earth to war with one another, as well as many other problems. These leaders, including our own, will be held responsible for the reprehensible conditions the world will be in. I believe these conditions refer to the environmental degradation, war, famine, disease, oppression of the weak, social strife, political chaos, and religious persecution that will exist. God expects that leaders given power will act as wise shepherds over His children. To those who have been given much, much will be expected.

Isaiah 24:23
Then the moon shall be ashamed,
And the sun shall be abashed.
For the Lord of Hosts will reign
On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
And the Presence will be revealed to His elders.

The last stanza states again that the "Lord of Hosts" will reign and dwell on Mount Zion for the benefit of all the world. Could "the Presence" be Melchizedek’s semi-material presence, as in the days of old? Next, we have:

Isaiah 29:5
And suddenly, in an instant, …
With roaring, and shaking, and deafening noise,
Storm and tempest, and blaze of consuming fire.
Then, like a dream, a vision in the night,
Shall be the multitude of nations . . .
So shall be all the multitude of nations
That was upon Mount Zion.

(Dotted lines represent breaks in the continuous text.) Here again we have evidence of cataclysmic natural events occurring at the time of Lord Melchizedek’s arrival. Are these local or global events? The effect of this cataclysm will be to defeat the ‘multitude of nations’ that are upon Mount Zion attacking Jerusalem/Israel.

The "multitude of nations" is similar to another phrase; ie: "all the nations" that will bring a final war against Jerusalem and modern Israel. Recently, the United States has abandoned its long-standing support of modern Israel and has now joined the rest of the world’s nations in currying favor with the Arab contingent. NATO, a previously defensive organization, has now become the United Nations’ "world police force." If and when this police force is used against modern Israel, the prophecy of "all the nations" coming against Israel will have been fulfilled. The political activity in the Middle East is a clock for the fulfillment of prophecy; for when the hour of this war strikes, Melchizedek will sometime thereafter make his entry and all the world will know it. Also the Lord through Isaiah says to these leaders:

Misleaders

Isaiah 29:9
Act stupid and be stupefied!
Act blind and be blinded!
(They are drunk, but not from wine,
They stagger, but not from liquor.)
For the Lord has spread over you
A spirit of deep sleep,
And has shut your eyes, the (false) prophets,
And covered your heads, the seers;
So that all prophecy has been
to you
Like the words of a sealed document.

Isaiah 29:11
If it is handed to one who can read and he is asked to read it,
he will say, "I can’t, because it is sealed;" and if the document
is handed to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it, he
will say, "I can’t read."
My (Isaiah’s) Lord said:
Because that people has approached [Me] with its mouth
And honored Me with its lips,
But has kept its heart far from Me,
And its worship of Me has been
A commandment of men, learned by rote—
Truly, I shall further baffle that people
With bafflement upon bafflement;
And
the wisdom of its wise shall fail,
And the prudence of its prudent shall vanish.

Those who unknowingly bring about God’s prophecy will be totally oblivious to that prophecy. When we turn away from God, we also turn away from the source of all wisdom and knowledge. We are "blind and blinded," "stupid and stupefied." To many of us, living religion is crystallized into "a commandment of men, learned by rote." We pay lip service to God but have no living connection to Him. What we say and what we do are two different things. Since God, and only God, is the source of love and life, we , like the living branch of a vine, become cut off and withered by our separation from Him. We are told:

Messiah

Isaiah 29:17-20
Surely, in a little while,
Lebanon will be transformed into farmland,
And farmland accounted as mere brush.|
In that day, the deaf shall hear even written words,
And the eyes of the blind shall see
Even in darkness and obscurity.
Then the humble shall have
Increasing joy through the Lord.
And the neediest of men will exult
In the Holy One of Israel.
For
the tyrant shall be no more.
The scoffer shall cease to be;
And those diligent for evil shall be wiped out.

The disappearance of ‘the scoffer, the tyrant, and those diligent for evil,’ who still are all too prevalent among us, tells us that these prophecies lie still in our, hopefully, not too distant future.

This truly will be a transformed world when Melchizedek takes sovereignty. Yet what will the majority of people think and say when they hear these prophecies? Isaiah answers:

The People

Isaiah 30:9
It is a rebellious people,
Faithless children,
Children who refuse to heed
The instruction of the Lord;
Who say to the seers,
"Do not see."
To the prophets,
"Do not prophesy truth to us;
Speak to us in falsehoods,
Prophesy delusions
Leave the way!
Get off the path!
Let us hear no more."

Many of us will not be willing to let go of our cherished secular worldviews. We would rather not hear the truths of our failings and deceptions. But before very long, in the coming days of justice, every one of us will stand alone in the light of truth on the "Day of the Lord." But we know that God’s justice is always tempered with mercy, therefore:

Isaiah 30:18
Truly, the Lord is waiting to show you grace,
Truly, He will arise to pardon you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;|
Happy are all who wait for Him.

Indeed, O people in Zion, dwellers of Jerusalem, you shall not have cause to
weep. He will grant you His favor at the sound of your cry; He will respond as
soon as He hears it. My Lord will provide for you meager bread and scant water.
Then
your Guide will no more be ignored, but your eyes will watch your Guide;
and, whenever you deviate to the right or to the left, your ears will heed the
command from behind you: "This is the road; follow it!"

Here the Lord is addressing the faithful and true remnants, as well as the downtrodden and humble. This passage applies to the future, the end of this age, because "the Lord" has not yet arisen to "pardon" Israel and Judah for their transgressions. However, He has started the process of gathering some of "his peoples" back to Israel. The pardon will follow when Melchizedek returns to heal the long-open wounds of "his people." The amazing statement regarding our "Guide" is exactly the teaching of the Urantia Book, i.e., that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, in the form of the indwelling spirit of God, which "guides" us from within our consciousness and keeps us from "deviating to the right or the left" from God’s Will straight ahead. The true way, the kingdom of heaven within, is an ancient way although it seems new to our modern world. Now, back to the "Day of the Lord" when Melchizedek arises.

Isaiah 30:25
And on every high mountain and on every lofty hill, there
shall appear brooks and watercourses—on a day of heavy
slaughter,
when towers topple. And the light of the moon shall
become like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall
become sevenfold, like the light of the seven days, when the
Lord binds up His people’s wounds and heals the injuries it
has suffered.

A large scale healing of spiritual and physical wounds is implied in scripture regarding the Messianic end of the age.

The "day of heavy slaughter" is the day that ‘all the nations’ come against modern Israel and are defeated by the arrival of Melchizedek. "When towers topple" refers to the large, possibly global, tectonic event that will cause walls and towers to topple. The brooks and watercourses shall result from this same tectonic event. The reference to the increased light occurs repeatedly. This may be due to some physical event or possibly due to the light emanated from Melchizedek’s presence. These events described have not yet happened; therefore, their future occurrence is very probable. More on this subject:

Isaiah 31:4-5
So the Lord of Hosts
will descend to make war
Against the mount and the hill of Zion.
Like the birds that fly, even so will
The Lord of Hosts shield Jerusalem,
Shielding and saving, protecting and rescuing.

Melchizedek enters at a time of great trouble, but peace is destined to reign. Also, we now know that a remnant of Jerusalem and modern Israel (Judah) survive, probably due to the protection provided them by Melchizedek. We are also told here that the "Lord of Hosts" "descends" and "shields" like "the birds that fly." We recall how previously the Lord’s presence was said to reside in a pillar of cloud overhead the exodus community. "The Lord" led the peoples by day and provided light at night from this "pillar of cloud." Now we are told that he will "descend like a bird" and shield Jerusalem upon his arrival. What could this mean? What might we see that could descend in the literal sky. Next, we have some other cloud references describing events during the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Cloud

Psalms 78:14
In the daytime also He (the Lord)
led them (the Israelites) with a cloud,
and all the night with a light of fire.

Psalms 99:7
He (the Lord)
spake unto them in the cloudy pillar;
They kept His testimonies, and the ordinance that He gave them.

Nehemiah 9:19
Yet Thou (the Lord) in Thy manifold mercies forsook them not in the
Wilderness, and the
pillar of the cloud departed not from them
Day by day,
to lead them in the way. . .

There are dozens of these cloud references, and they are among many diverse books in the Old Testament. If it were only one line in one book, one could easily discredit this description. God wants us to understand His plan. He doesn’t hide it from us. Emily Dickinson writes that:

Tis not revelation that waits—
But our unfurnished eyes!

I couldn’t agree more. Revelation is all around and within us but we can not see what we are not aware of. More about clouds will come later. For now we will simply note the occurrence of these events in the sky that involve the Lord’s (Melchizedek’s) presence. And now:

Messianic Events

Isaiah 32:1
Behold, a
King shall reign in righteousness,
And ministers shall govern with Justice;

The name Melchizedek literally means King of Righteousness. Presently, the world has little or no justice therefore this line describes a world not yet come, but when it does:

Isaiah 32:3
Then the eyes of those who have sight shall not be sealed,
And the ears of those who have hearing shall listen;
And the minds of the thoughtless shall attend and note . . .

Isaiah 32:5
No more shall a villain be called noble,
At last, the upside down world is set
upright on its axis:

Isaiah 32:14
For the castle shall be abandoned,
The noisy city forsaken;
Citadel and tower shall become
Brushland forever
Till a spirit from on high is poured out on us,
And wilderness is transformed into farmland . . .
Then my people shall dwell in peaceful homes,
In untroubled places of rest
Even as the city is laid low.

Cities fare very poorly in the events to come both as a result of natural and man made disasters. Consider:

Revelations 16:19
And the great city (Jerusalem) was divided unto three parts,
(by tectonic activity)
And the
cities of the nations fell.

Psalms 9:6 The enemy has been cut off and has
Vanished in
everlasting ruins,
You (Lord) have plucked up and
Overthrown their cities;
The very memory of them
Has perished and vanished
But the Lord shall remain
And continue
forever.
And he will judge the world
In righteousness.
Arise, O Lord! Let not man
Prevail; lest the nations be judged before You.

The time period of the above scripture is the Messianic end of the age because ‘The Lord shall remain and continue forever’ in reference to Melchizedek’s sovereign presence. How many cities will ‘perish and vanish?’

Back to Isaiah, we next have:

Isaiah 35:8
A highway shall appear there,
Which shall be called the
Sacred Way . . .

Isaiah 35:9 
The redeemed shall walk it;
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come with shouting to
Zion,
Crowned with joy
everlasting.

A sacred highway ‘appears’ on which the faithful remnants make their way to Zion (Jerusalem). This will be discussed later.

Zion refers to the highest of the mountain eminences on which Jerusalem was built. It is surrounded on all sides by deep valleys except to the north where the temple mount lies. Zion is sometimes used in the Old Testament to denote Jerusalem in general. It literally means ‘sunny’ and ‘height’. It is just south of the temple mount and is also called the City of David. Note the grand celebration below of a joyous reunion between Melchizedek and his estranged children, the remnants of "lost Israel" and "Judah."

Psalms 53:7
O that the deliverance of Israel
Might come from
Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of His people,
Jacob will exult; Israel (lost northern tribes) will rejoice.

The Psalms writer discloses this happy ending, an ending that was disclosed to him by their one time instructor and collaborator, Melchizedek. Again, important events are mentioned throughout the Psalms, prophets, as well as other Old Testament scripture. These statements are all consistent with each other despite their diverse locations in the body of scripture.

Next we have:

Isaiah 40:3
A voice rings out:
‘Clear in the desert
A road for the Lord!
Level in the wilderness
A highway for our God…
The Presence of the Lord shall appear
And all flesh shall behold –,
For the Lord Himself has spoken. …
A voice rings out ‘Proclaim!’ …
Ascend a lofty mountain,
O
herald of joy to Zion;
Raise your voice to with power, …
Raise it have no fear;
Announce to the cities of Judah:
Behold your God (Melchizedek)

John the Baptist took the first stanza above for his own and used it to announce Jesus. The Final Prophet to come will also use these lines to announce another Lord who comes, Lord Melchizedek. The Final Prophet is specifically identified here as ‘the herald of joy to Zion’ who proclaims to Zion ‘Behold your God!’ ‘Behold your God’ is the same as ‘Your divine being reigns’ cited in 11Q13 of the Dead Sea Scrolls which identifies this messenger as the interpreter of the law (Final Prophet) and the divine being as Melchizedek. ‘The Presence’ recalls the ‘Lord in the bush’ and the ‘Presence of the Lord’ dwelling in Zion and within the cloud during exodus. All of these presences are the semi-material presence of Lord Melchizedek as described in the Urantia Book. The statement ‘that all flesh will behold’ also conjures up the Lord Messiah who is described in scripture to come in a very visible display, in contrast to no display with regard to Jesus. And so we have one scripture passage, which pertains to two different ending ages with two different Lords and prophets. Next, the Lord addresses the coastlands:

Isaiah 41:1
Stand silent before Me,
coastlands,
And let the nations renew their strength.
Let them approach to state their case;
Let us come together for argument.

Here are those "coastlands" again. Who could they be? Who will win the "argument" when the nations’ leaders stand in the presence of Melchizedek on that fateful day? Now turning from the leaders to those at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Lord says:

Isaiah 42:17
The poor and needy
Seek water, and there is none;
Their tongue is parched with thirst
I, the Lord, will respond to them . . .
I will open up streams on the bare hills
And fountains amid the valleys . . .

There seems to be a drought in the time and place of this reference. The time in reference is the messianic end of the age because only then are "streams opened on bare hills and fountains amid valleys." To be sure, when men turn their backs on God they move out from under the gentle rain/reign of His mercy. The impersonal universe of law knows only that there is an imbalance present and that it needs to restore that balance by any means possible, including the elimination of the inciting agent, which in this case is mankind. If my timing is correct, I would expect the drought that is now developing in the Middle East and elsewhere to continue to get worse right up until the imbalance is set right by Melchizedek. This is also applicable to the other sundry ecological and environmental imbalances, which continue to worsen. Should it really come as a surprise to us that physical processes are affected by spiritual determinants? After all, the Urantia Book teaches us that at higher levels of reality the seemingly diverse realms of matter, mind and spirit are unified into a seamless whole. The rays of reality converge in the Source and Center of All Things. The physical and spiritual are intertwined on higher levels of reality and therefore interact and affect one another. Next the Lord turns his attention to His servant:

God's servant, Final Prophet

Isaiah 42:1 (Tanakh)
This is
My servant, whom I uphold,
My chosen one, in whom I delight.
I have put My spirit upon him,
He shall teach the
true way to the nations.
He shall not cry out or shout aloud,
Or make his voice heard in the streets.
He shall not break even a dim wick.
He shall bring forth the
true way.
He shall not grow dim or be bruised
Till he has established the
true way on earth;
And the coastlands shall await his teaching.

Who is this servant? He teaches the true way (or true religion, mishpat in Hebrew) to the gentile nations. The true way is the Kingdom of Heaven within, Jesus’ true message, and the main subject of the Urantia Book.

UB  1107
True religion consists in the experience that "the Spirit
itself hears witness with our spirit that we are the children of
God. (Also see chapter True Religion 1104 UB
and Jesus’ Discourse on True Religion 1728, UB)

True religion, the true way, is a way that has never yet been taught "to the nations". Elsewhere in scripture we are told that before the end of the age the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven will be proclaimed to all the world. Who in the present world knows about the Kingdom of Heaven? Certainly not the popular scholars. Read their work! Certainly not those who espouse the gospel about Jesus Christ. Then, just who might this be? It would appear that the servant in Isaiah 42 is an individual that will teach about the Kingdom of Heaven within.

Note that God ‘puts his spirit’ on the servant, therefore God ‘anoints’ the servant! Anointment is what happens to make someone a messiah. This is why the Dead Sea Scrolls speak of more than one messiah. The Messiah is Melchizedek a divine being, another messiah is God’s servant, the Final Prophet whom God has ‘put His spirit upon’ (anointed).

Also note that God calls His servant My chosen one. This provides a link to a Dead Sea Scroll fragment, which describes a chosen one who reveals God’s truths and wisdom at the end of the age. The fragment gives us physical characteristics, education, life history and purpose. I believe this Scroll fragment describes the end of the age, final prophet to come:

4Q534
Chosen One
…of his hand: two…a birthmark. And the hair will be red.
And there will be lentils on…and small birthmarks on his thigh.
And after two years he will know how to distinguish one thing
from another. In his youth he will be like…a man who knows
nothing until the time when he knows the three Books.
And then he will acquire wisdom and learn understanding…
vision to come to him on his knees. And with his father and
his ancestors…life and old age. Council and prudence will be
with him, and he will know the secrets of man. His wisdom
will reach all the peoples, and he will know the secrets of all
the living. And all their designs against him will come to
nothing, and his rule over the living will be great. His designs
will succeed, for he is the Elect of God. His birth and the
breath of his spirit…and his designs will be forever…

One can speculate that this information regarding the final prophet was part of the revelation to the Teacher of Righteousness of the Qumran community. More on this topic will come later. We also note the coastlands again; they are the ones who "await the teaching" of God’s servant. Next, the Lord further addresses the coastlands:

Isaiah 42:9
See, the things once predicted have come,
And now I foretell new things,
Announce them to you ere they sprout up . . .

Isaiah 42:10
You
coastlands and their inhabitants! . . .

Isaiah 42:11
Call out from the peaks of the mountains.
Let them do honor to the Lord,
And tell His glory in the
coastlands . . .

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind
By a
road they did not know,
And I will make them walk
By paths they never knew.
I will turn darkness before them to light,
Rough places into level ground.
These are the promises—
I will keep them without fail.

First, God tells us that he is announcing something new. Since the described events have not yet happened, we can be sure that they will happen in the future. (The near future, in my estimation). The Lord tells us that He will lead those who live in the coastlands by roads and paths they never knew, turning darkness into light, and rough places into level ground. These promises will definitely be kept. Now, if we are falling asleep while reading this, God says:

Isaiah 42:18
Listen, you who are deaf;
You blind ones, look up and see!
Who is so blind as My servant,
So deaf as the messenger I send?
Who is so blind as the chosen one,
So blind as the servant of the Lord?
Seeing many things, you give no heed;
With ears open, he hears nothing.
The Lord desires His servant’s vindication,
That he may magnify and glorify His teaching.

Here we have a comical account of the servant—who is as blind or more so than the rest. He needs God’s vindication as he stumbles along. We are also told here that this servant in the coastlands is a messenger as well as a servant, thus linking the servant of Isaiah to the "messenger" and "interpreter of the law," both of which are terms used to describe the final prophet in the Scrolls. Only God could love such a foolish sounding person. God loves to bring his truth through the lowly and humble. (Out of the mouths of babes comes wisdom.) Some may be disappointed if they have unrealistic expectations regarding this servant. God now reassures those who love Him:

Protection/Restoration

Isaiah 43:1
Fear not, for I will redeem you;
I have singled you out by name,
You are Mine.
When you pass through water,
I will be with you;
Through streams,
They shall not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire,
You shall not be scorched.
Through flame,
It shall not burn you.

Isaiah 43:4
Because
you are precious to Me,
And honored, and
I love you,
I give men in exchange for you
And peoples in your stead . . .
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the end of the earth—

This passage is one of the most touching expressions of the Father’s love for His children. Truly, "the hairs on our heads are numbered." Also, notice again the theme of God’s protection of His people through "water and fire." Lastly, note that His sons and daughters are located far away from the central location Israel. This must be the Lost Israel remnant as the Judah remnant (Jews) are already gathering in modern Israel. Now we have:

Judgment

Isaiah 43:9
All the nations assemble as one,
The peoples gather.
Who among them declared this,
Foretold to us the things that have happened?
Let them produce their witnesses to be vindicated,
That men, hearing them, may say, "It is true!"
My witnesses are you,
-declares the Lord—

This assembly of nations and people has never yet occurred, but will occur, and we (the readers) will be witnesses to the truth of this prophecy that we are now reading. Only God knows the future. He is demonstrating that. Now God speaks through Isaiah about why He chose to have a servant:

Isaiah 43:10 My servant, whom I have chosen
To the end that you (the people) may take thought,
And believe in Me,
And understand that I am He . . .

Isaiah 43:12
Beside Me, none can grant triumph
I alone told the deliverance
And I brought it to pass;
I announced it . . .
So you are My witnesses.

Consider yourself a witness to the coming deliverance of those who elect God. God continues to tell us what He is going to do:

Isaiah 43:19
I will make a road through the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
The wild beasts shall honor Me. . .

Isaiah 44:2
Even as I pour water on a thirsty soil,
And rain upon the dry ground,
So will I pour My spirit on your offspring,
My blessing upon your posterity
And they shall sprout like grass . . .

The drought will finally be broken by an outpouring of physical water upon the physical desert as well as the spiritual water on the spiritual desert that so many souls are living through. These people:

Isaiah 44:18
Have no wit or judgment;
Their eyes are besmeared, and they see not;
Their minds, and they cannot think.
They do not give thought.

This is a good description of many people that lived then and many that live now. We are told what to think by the mass media. We have stopped thinking for ourselves because our minds are numb and atrophied. We "hear no evil, see no evil and do no evil." America, wake up! Turn off the T.V. and the experts. Listen to God speak through his servants, the prophets........

Isaiah 44:24
It is I, the Lord, who made everything,
Who alone stretched out the heavens . . .
I annul the omens of diviners,
And make fools of the augurs;
Who turn sages back
And make nonsense of their knowledge;
But confirm the word of My servant
And fulfill the predictions of My messengers.

The intellectual elite of our world appears daily in newspapers and on our televisions. They are the "experts" who write the books about marriage, although they are divorced three times. They tell us how to bring up our children, and yet their own children rebel against them. They know everything about anything, and there is no doubt about it. Ask if they believe in God and somber tones cover the smirk and smile. And yet, the question of God is the essential question of all philosophy, all ideologies, and all human understanding. If this most essential question were on a test, it would count for ninety-nine percent of the grade and the remaining one percent of the test would directly depend on the answer to the first. If you are wrong about God, then you are wrong about very much else as well. Yet the intellectual and political elite are all confirmed in the opinion that "religion is the opiate of the masses." Those who won’t say this in public believe it in private, as their very actions and behavior betray them.

If our leaders are wrong about the first question, what hope do we have for a peaceful world guided by wisdom. My answer for that is zero. What do you think? Many of us deny or question the existence of the very One who gave us existence. God replies:

Isaiah 45:9
Shame on him who argues with his Maker,
Though naught but a potsherd of earth!
Shall the clay say to the potter, "What are you doing?
Your work has no handle."

If you live on this world at this time, no doubt you know of people who display this level of arrogance. Next, more of that divine compassion. Our Father explains to us:

Isaiah 46:4
Till you grow old, I will be the same
When you turn gray; it is I who will carry;
I am the Maker, and I will be the Bearer;
And I will carry and rescue you.

And so our Father tends his children, most often without recognition and without thanks. Yet, His commitment never wavers, never hesitates, and never sleeps.

The Urantia Book speaks of Second Isaiah (Chapters 40-55) with high praise.

UB  1069
He was poetic in his portrayal of the infinite attributes of the
Universal Father. No more beautiful pronouncements about the
Heavenly Father have ever been made.

UB  1068
He (Isaiah) also believed with Jeremiah that Yahweh had
become the God of all nations.

Next, God has further words for the high and mighty; our elite leaders and controllers:

Isaiah 47:8
And now hear this, O pampered one—
Who dwell in security,
Who think to yourself,
I am, and there is none but me; . . .
You thought, "No one can see me."

Isaiah 47:10
It was your skill and your science
That led you astray.

Notice how similar that time is to ours. Ends of ages have highly similar circumstances and types of people. Human history is monotonously similar, repeating cycles of sameness. But there is evolutionary progress; the remnant groups have a survival advantage that results from biologic factors that modify the capacity for spiritual receptivity. The Adamic genes should therefore become increasingly prevalent over long periods of time. The comment of 47:10 on science as the cause of our going astray is well taken. True religion and true science are complementary and never contradictory, however man’s error exists in forming a religion about science that denies or ignores God and true religion. This religion of science believes that science has all the answers for man’s every problem, that science is the only true knowledge, that man doesn’t need the axiom of God, that man can completely understand his world through science, and that science offers proof and certainty. All of these beliefs are false, but they go unrecognized and unchallenged. As the Urantia Book states, we overreacted to the superstitions and tyranny of the Middle Ages and threw out the baby with the bath. (The baby being God and the bath being knowledge based on superstition). Balance is what we have lacked, and balance is what we are given in the Fifth Epochal Revelation, the Urantia Book. Further, God reads our thoughts to us and comments:

Leaders

Isaiah 47:10
And you thought to yourself,
"I am and there is none but me."
Evil is coming upon you
Which you will not know how to charm away;
Disaster is falling upon you
Which you will not be able to appease;
Coming upon you suddenly
Is ruin of which you know nothing.

Isaiah is speaking about Babylon and its upcoming conquest by Cyrus of Persia. But ends of ages are similar. Perhaps this verse will also pertain to our own upcoming "world crisis." Let’s review here what the Urantia Book tells us about "the world crisis." (The comments in parentheses are mine.)

World Crisis, Urantia Book

UB  1863
Although Jesus referred one phase of the kingdom to the
future and did, on many occasions, intimate that such an event
might appear as a part of a world crisis. (dotted lines are my breaks in the text)

Secularism

UB  2081
The father of secularism was the narrow minded and godless
attitude of . . . atheistic science. Secularism had its inception as a rising
protest against the domination . . . by the institutionalized Christian
church. The majority of professed Christians . . . are unwittingly
actual secularists. Secularism . . . sells man into slavish bondage to the
totalitarian state . . . the tyranny of political and economic
slavery.
Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing
can take the place of God in human society
. . . Secularism
simply ignores God. More recently,
secularism has assumed
a more militant attitud
e, assuming to take the place of the
religion whose totalitarian bondage it one time resisted. But Beware:
this godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness,
war, and worldwide disaster.
Complete secularization . . . can lead only to disaster.

Those that argue that this "disaster" lies in our past (WWII) should answer the question whether or not secularism still governs the world of today or not. If you think that it does, then it must follow that disaster is yet to come because "worldwide disaster" is the result of worldwide secularism according to the Urantia Book quotation above.

UB  2086
Christianity unwittingly seems to sponsor a society, which
staggers under the guilt of tolerating
science without idealism,
politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure
without restraint, knowledge without character, power
without conscience, and industry without moralit
y.
Selfish men and women simply will not pay such a price for
even the greatest spiritual treasure ever offered mortal man.
Only when man has become sufficiently disillusioned by the
sorrowful disappointment attendant upon the foolish and
deceptive pursuits of selfishness . . . will he be disposed to
turn . . . to the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. (Man is not yet
so disillusioned)

UB  2082
During the first third of the twentieth century, Urantia
killed more human beings than were killed during the whole
dispensation of the Christian church. And this is only the
beginning. . . Still more terrible destruction is yet to come.

UB 1487
War on Urantia will never end so long as nations cling to
the illusive notions of unlimited national sovereignt
y.

UB p.1489
Another world war (WWII) will teach the so-called sovereign
nations to form some sort of federation, thus creating the
machinery for preventing small wars . . .(but not large ones)
An international police force will prevent many minor wars,
but it
will not be effective in preventing major wars.
Worldwide confederations of nations . . . will not prevent
world wars nor control the three, four or five most powerful
governments. (Is this applicable to today?)

UB  2082
Times of great testing and threatened defeat are
always times of great revelation.

Shortly, we will be entering this period of world crisis. Mankind’s latest Tower of Babel will fall. It will involve not only wars but also ecological, environmental, meteorological, financial, economic, social and political chaos. Further:

UB  1087
Institutional religion cannot afford inspiration and provide
leadership in this
impending, worldwide social reconstruction
and economic reorganization because it has unfortunately
become more or less of an organic part of the social order and
the economic system, which is destined to undergo reconstruction.
(Doesn’t
reconstruction imply deconstruction first?)

But, lest we despair:

UB  1088
The religion of living experience finds no difficulty in keeping
ahead of all these social developments and economic upheavals,
amid which it ever functions as a moral stabilizer, social guide and spiritual pilot.

UB  2082
A new and fuller revelation of the religion of Jesus is destined
to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism . .
.(our world empire of today)

UB  2087
The
hour is striking for a rediscovery of the true and original
foundation of present-day distorted and compromised Christianity—
the real life and teachings of Jesus. (The Kingdom of Heaven within)

However:

UB  2087
The spiritual renaissance
must await the coming of these new
teachers of Jesus’ religion
who will be exclusively devoted to the
spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born souls
quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social,
moral, economic and political
reorganization of the world.

And why does secularism fail?

UB 1126
Those who would invent a religion (any system of strong
convictions) without God are like those who would get the
fruit without trees. . . You cannot have effects without causes.

UB 1126
Man may graft many purely humanistic branches onto his
godless religion, but such an experience is devoid of survival
values . . . only social fruits are forthcoming, not spiritual . . .

UB 2075
A
lasting social system without morality predicated on
spiritual realities can no more be maintained than can a solar system without gravity.

Secularism fails because it is inherently faulty. Man is dependent on God whether he likes it or not. Man cannot find his way without God. This dependence is built into the very nature of the Father-Son relationship. And this relationship is the rock that we must build on and the star that we must hope upon.

UB 1747
. . . by the insight of the spirit of my Father which dwells
within you, I am led to declare that upon
this foundation (the
indwelling spirit) will I build the brotherhood of the Kingdom
of Heaven.
Upon this rock of spiritual reality . . .

Consider further information from the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSC):

Thanksgiving Psalms

DSC, Vs. 7
The way of man is not established except by the
spirit of God which created him . .
.

The Community Rule, DSC
Mankind has no way, and
man is unable to establish his
steps
since justification is with God and perfection of way is
from His hand. All things come to pass by His knowledge;

He establishes things by His design and without Him nothing
is done. (Teacher of Righteousness)

Finally, I would note that secular humanism gives birth to all the present reigning ideologies: communism, socialism, and capitalism too. "Isims" are systems of human thought that have become so highly revered that they become the intellectual equivalent of the ancient physical idols that were worshipped in vain. Capitalists consider profit and capital first, last, and always. Spiritual values, social values, and environmental values are usually not part of the equation. Capitalism and other ideologies should be made to serve people rather than people being made, as now, to serve the ideology. People are the purpose and meaning of life. The Fatherhood of God forever establishes the transcendent value of His sons and daughters. People must come before profit. People will come before profit. God has established it. We live in His Universe. At this point in time however, we collectively, choose and have chosen profit over people, and humanity languishes in the cold, dark night of the inevitable results. Let’s now look at some quotes from Humanist Manifestos I and II, which are the declarations of belief proposed by secular humanists.

Secular Humanism

Humanist Manifesto I was the first major document (1933) of the modern Humanist
Movement. Consider the following quotes from this document.
"Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created."

To say that the universe has no cause is the equivalent of professing belief in an astounding miracle of infinite magnitude, unsurpassable by any human mind. And yet science, the very study of cause and effect, is the pillar of secular humanism. Secular humanists say that we should discard "super-natural superstitions" that are non-scientific. The statement that the universe has no cause is not testable and therefore non-scientific. The statement is an overt declaration of an unfounded, unscientific, belief, no different than any other belief, including religious varieties. My beliefs are axioms, yours are superstitions, would be one way to express this.

"Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern
science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of
human values." (Humanist Manifesto I)

Here science is used to exclude the possibility of any "supernaturally" established values. First of all, science can have nothing to say about the domain of intangible value, only religion can answer the question why? Science attends only to the questions how, when and where. Ultimate causes, origins, and destiny are questions of religion. Second of all, humanists have already declared that the universe merely is and is not created. This statement itself, as shown above, lies outside the natural world of causes. It is itself a "supernatural" explanation.

"We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism,
and the several varieties of ‘new thought’."(Humanist Manifesto I)

Here we have stated the real battle of the human will. Who makes the rules? God or man? Whose universe is it anyway? The question has a real answer and if the wrong answer is given there are real consequences that will result. We truly reap what we sow.

"In the place of the old attitudes involved in worship and prayer the
humanist finds his religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense
of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being."

The fruits of the spirit (peace, happiness, and joy) will only grow from a good tree rooted in God’s spirit. All goodness comes from God, man has no goodness of his own, regardless of the words he may utter.

"Man will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of
their naturalness and probability. Reasonable and manly attitudes will be
fostered by education and supported by custom. We assume that humanism
will take the path of social and mental hygiene and discourage sentimental
and unreal hopes and wishful thinking."(Humanist Manifesto I)

Now it is revealed that secular humanists are "reasonable and manly." Theists are therefore superstitious and weak, and they rely on fantasy religion, the "opiate of the masses."

"Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the
realization of the world of his dreams, that
he has within himself the
power for its achievement.
He must set intelligence and will to the task."

Man is capable of doing anything and everything. This sounds great, unfortunately it lacks truth. Man needs God. We can assert our power and mastery, but our experiences reveal our insignificance. This phrase from the Urantia Book comes back again and again to my mind, "our arrogance outruns our reason." Pride goeth before the fall.

Now we go to Humanist Manifesto II written in 1973. (select passages)
"As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially
faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to
hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about
them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere
affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of
heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival."

We now learn that faith is unproved, ineffective, and outmoded. How many studies have we ever done to actually find out if there are any differences in the lives of believers vs. non-believers? The answer is zero. I would bet that you would find dramatic differences if such a study were done without bias. In fact, a few recent medical studies have shown strong correlations between faith and positive health outcomes. The humanist dogma is succumbing to truth. Lastly, to say that faith is unproved is the equivalent of saying nothing because there would be no faith necessary if proof were possible. Similarly, one can prove anything in mathematics if one allows dividing by zero as this statement does.

"Humanism can provide the purpose and inspiration that so many seek;
it can give personal meaning and significance to human life. "(Humanist Manifesto II)

If this were true, we would probably be in great shape. But it isn’t and we aren’t. Establishing purpose and meaning to life without God is like establishing a solar system without the sun. In both situations, planets or people fly apart.

"We affirm a set of common principles that can serve as a basis for
united action – positive principles relevant to the present human condition.
They are a design for a secular society on a planetary scale."

This reveals the grand scope (planetary) that this vision is being applied to. The United Nations charter is a direct outgrowth of these planetary Humanist Manifestos. Will it work?

"We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a super-natural;
it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of survival
and fulfillment of the human race. As non theists, we begin with humans
not God, nature not deity. Nature may indeed be broader and deeper than
we now know; any new discoveries, however, will but enlarge our know-ledge
of the natural."

Here, the victory over theism is openly stated and confidently relied on to predict that "new discoveries" will only add to the conviction. How can unknown discoveries already be known to be explainable by what we presently know? This is another statement of arrogance, not reason.

"The preciousness and dignity of the individual person is a central
humanist value."

The aspirations appear noble at times. Give credit where credit is due. Success requires more than good intentions though. It requires wisdom and truth.

"People are more important than decalogues, rules, proscriptions, or regulations."

Great, but are people also more important even than profit? The world system answers no. And why are regulations, bureaucracies, and rules allowed to remove the human touch from our social interactions? We loose opportunities to serve our fellow man. Since man has no intrinsic value other than what we decide to give him (according to secular humanism), when push comes to shove, these floating, man made, values are easily put aside. After all isn't "everything relative?"

"At the present juncture of history, commitment to all humankind is
the highest commitment of which we are capable; it transcends the
narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class, or race in moving toward
a wider vision of human potentiality. What more daring a goal for human-kind
than for each person to become, in ideal as well as practice, a citizen
of a world community. It is a classical vision; we can now give it new
vitality. Humanism thus interpreted is a moral force that has time on its
side. We believe that humankind has the potential, intelligence, goodwill,
and cooperative skill to implement this commitment in the decades ahead."

This is the end of Humanist Manifesto II. It proclaims the establishment of the brotherhood of humankind. Unfortunately, they do not know that "you cannot establish the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God." (UB) Simple, basic, everyday truth, unappreciated by the closed minds of man. Truth is so very valuable because it can be lived successfully. (UB)

Why have so few found such wisdom? Can we find if we do not seek? Do we seek if we are not thirsty for truth? Are we thirsty if we are still satisfied with our own deceptions? Blessed are the meek, for they are not self-satisfied. They are still open to the light of truth. We now return to our discussion of Urantia Book prophecy and the world crisis to come.

We should not become so caught up in looking for the end of the age that we neglect to establish and maintain the Kingdom of Heaven within. For the Master said:

UB  1916
Even you, Thomas, fail to comprehend what I have been
saying. Have I not taught you that your connection with the
Kingdom of Heaven is spiritual and individual, wholly a matter
of personal experience in the spirit by the faith-realization that
you are a son of God? What more shall I say? The downfall
of nations, the crash of empires, the destruction of unbelieving
Jews, the end of an age, even the end of the world, what have
these things to do with one who believes this gospel and who
has led his life in the surety of the eternal kingdom?

The coming trials will not destroy us. Instead they will purify and transform us. Now, back to the main narrative of Isaiah. God is explaining the real reason for these trials to come:

Refining those who elect God’s Will

Isaiah 48:10
See, I refine you, but not as silver;
I test you in the furnace of affliction.

Zechariah 13:9
And I will put this third (of people) into the fire
And refine them as one refines silver,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, "They are my people."
And they will say, "The Lord is my God."

Daniel 13:10
Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white,
and be refined; but the wicked will do wickedly; and none of
the wicked will understand;
but those who are wise shall understand.

UB  100
The universe of your origin is being forged out between the
anvil of justice and the hammer of suffering; but those who
wield the hammer are the children of mercy, the spirit offspring of the Infinite Spirit.

Emily Dickinson #365
Dare you see a Soul at the white heat?
Then crouch within the door—
Red—is the fire’s common tint—
But when the vivid Ore
Has vanquished Flame’s conditions,
It quivers from the Forge
Without a color, but the light
Of unannointed Blaze.
Least village has a Blacksmith
Whose Anvils even ring
Stands symbol for the finer Forge
That soundless—tugs within—
Refining these impatient Ores
With Hammer, and with Blaze
Until the Designated Light
Repudiate the Forge—

Affliction is sometimes needed to soften our hearts as they have been hardened by rebellion. Only when soft, can they then be molded in that "finer forge" within, which changes us until our own light shines out and we can leave the "forge" behind. Now, back to Isaiah. God, like a good parent, explains the purpose of His commands to us:

Isaiah 48:17
I the Lord am your God
Instructing you
for your own benefit,
Guiding you in the way you should go.
If only you would heed My commands!
Then your prosperity would be like a river,
Your triumph like the waves of the sea.

That about sums the problem up. God offers man the universe for free, and man, too smart to be tricked, turns his back; and walks blindly off a cliff. Now listen! God’s servant is addressing the coastlands:

Isaiah 49:1
Listen, O
coastlands, to me,
And give heed, O nations
afar:
The Lord appointed me before I was born,
He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.
He made my mouth like a sharpened blade,
He hid me in the shadow of His hand,
And He made me like a polished arrow;
He concealed me in His quiver
And He said to me, "You are my servant
Israel, in whom I glory."

Isaiah 49:5
And now the Lord has resolved –
He who formed me in the womb to be His servant –
To bring back Jacob to Himself,
That Israel may be restored to Him.

The servant’s "mouth is a sharpened blade" to pierce deeply the enemies of God. The servant must be the final prophet because he is charged with ‘bringing back Jacob’ (Lost Israel and faithful Jews) to God, which only happens at the Messianic end of the age. Therefore, the messianic, final prophet is also God’s servant of Isaiah. The Jews are already re-gathering to modern Israel, but Lost Israel needs to be identified and brought back still. "Bring back Jacob," means reconstituting original Israel, the two tribes of the South and the lost ten tribes of the North. This time around they together will make right the wrongs of the past. Love reigns over judgment and wisdom reigns over ignorance. Also note the phrase "you are my servant Israel." The servant is an individual by the context of the passage and it makes no sense for the nation Israel to be the servant here. Perhaps this is an error or an addition to the original text? In Jeremiah the Lord gives further instruction.

Jeremiah 31:7
For thus said the Lord:
Cry out in Joy for Jacob,
Shout at the
head of nations!
Sing aloud in praise and say:
Save, O Lord, your people,
The remnant of Israel . . .
Gather them from the ends of the earth— . . .

Jeremiah 31:8
In a vast throng they shall return here.
They shall come with weeping,
And with compassion I will guide them.

Here again, the Lord instructs His servant to gather the Israel remnant (Lost Ten Tribes) from: "the ends of the earth," the "head of nations," and the "coastlands afar." The remnant will return in a "throng," weeping and in need of compassion and guidance from the Lord. This "vast throng" recalls to us the great numbers of Abraham’s future offspring who are "as the sand of the sea" and the "stars in the heavens." In fact, the numerous people of "Lost Israel" are the fulfillment of this promise from Melchizedek to Abraham made so long ago. In Jeremiah, the Lord Melchizedek sets the record straight:

Jeremiah 31:10
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And tell it in the coastlands
afar.
Say:
He who scattered Israel will gather them,
And will guard them like a shepherd his flock.

The Lord/Melchizedek scattered Israel and he will personally shepherd and gather his flock on his return. In 1Enoch, Melchizedek is referred to as the Shepherd. Melchizedek is our outer physical Shepherd and Jesus is our inner spiritual Shepherd.

The "head of nations" is referred to as "the coastlands afar." This is a nation that exists at the time of Melchizedek’s return possibly sometime in our near future, judging from developing world and Middle Eastern events. This "head of nations" is said to be "afar" from the country Israel, which is the geographic center of Biblical prophecy. What nation might this be? Let’s look at this word "afar" in some other scripture passages to see if it is used consistently, cross-section wise, through scripture:

Jeremiah 50:41 
But you have no fear, My servant Jacob,
Be not dismayed, O Israel!
I will deliver you from
far away . . .
And Jacob again shall have calm.

Again this people called "Israel" are far away from Canaan. Notice Jeremiah 31:10 confirms that ‘Israel’ refers to the northern tribes who were scattered by God (through the Assyrians), never yet to have returned. Jacob is the reunified remnants of Israel and Judah. They have calm because war has been put to an end and ‘swords are turned into plowshares’ by Melchizedek’s intervention and sovereignty.

The servant next says:

Isaiah 49:4
I thought, "I have labored in Vain,
I have spent my strength for empty breath."
But my case rested with the Lord,
My recompense was in the hands of my God.
And now the Lord has resolved –
He who formed me in the womb to be His servant –
To
bring back Jacob to Himself,
That Israel may be
restored to Him!
And I have been honored in the sight of the Lord,
My God has been my strength.
For He has said:

Isaiah 49:6
"It is too little that you should be My servant
In that I raise up the tribes of Jacob
And
restore the survivors of Israel:
I will also make you a light of nations
That my salvation reach the ends of the earth."

At first the servant feels that his efforts are "in vain" but notice his total reliance on the Lord. He cares nothing about human opinions, only God’s. God is the source of his strength and he is ultimately honored by God with an even greater service to the nations of the world, in addition to his service in ‘bringing back Jacob’. The servant experiences an initial, seeming failure in his mission (I have labored in vain) and this is why "the Lord desires His servant’s vindication" in Isaiah 42:21. Notice carefully that the servant of this verse has a specific job to do and that is to "bring back Jacob to Himself (God), that Israel may be restored to Him!" To do this the servant must "raise up the tribes to Jacob and restore the survivors of Israel." This equates to the re-gathering and re-unification of the original tribes of Israel; the northern Lost Ten Tribes (Israel) plus the southern tribes (Judah, Jews). This event occurs at the end of the age before and during the coming of the Messiah. In fact, it has already started, the Jews are gathering in modern Israel. The Lost Ten Tribes remain to be identified, re-gathered, and re-united with the Jews, eventually reconstituting the original whole House of Israel, as in the beginning. Since the servant is given this task in Isaiah 49:4, the servant of this passage must be an individual living at the end of our age which lies shortly ahead of us. Very likely this servant is one and the same as Malachi’s "Elijah to come" of the messianic period, the final prophet. Now we have:

Restoration

Isaiah 49:14
Zion says,
The Lord has forsaken me….
I (the Lord) never could forget you
See, I have engraved you
On the palms of My hands,
Your walls are ever before Me.
Swiftly your children are coming;
Those who ravaged and ruined you shall leave you.
Look up all around you and see:

Isaiah 49:18
They are all assembled, are come to you!
As I live – declares the Lord.

Zion is the city of David, within Jerusalem, right next to the Temple Mount, where the Lord has and will dwell again. Those who "ravage and ruin" leave the city and Melchizedek gathers Jacob, those who love God, back to Zion. Zion symbolizes the faithful and true peoples of God. Those ‘who are assembled’ are the remnants of Lost Israel and the Jews. Also, in Isaiah 49:14 ‘Zion (Jews) says that the Lord (God) has forgotten them.’ God answers that he ‘could never forget’ and says: ‘see I have engraved you on the palms of My hands’ alluding to the crucifixion marks acquired by His Son Jesus. What a tragic irony, even as the Jews are feeling forsaken 2000 years ago, God’s presence in the form of His Son is amongst them, dying in his attempt to bring them back to God. O, if only we had eyes that could see. And yet God goes right on attempting to make His people recognize His love for them by predicting and then bringing about the return of His people to Canaan after modern Israel is ruined and ravaged in the future yet to come. Note that the allusion to Jesus' crucifixion marks is made over 600 years prior to his coming.

Isaiah 49:22
Thus says the Lord God:
I will raise My hand to nations.
And lift up My ensign to peoples;
And they shall bring your sons in their bosoms,
And carry your daughters on their backs.
Captives shall be taken from a warrior
And spoil shall be retrieved from a tyrant;

For I will contend with your adversaries,
And I will deliver your children…

Isaiah 49:20
And
all mankind shall know.
That I the Lord am your Savior.
The
Mighty One of Jacob, your Redeemer.

The "Lord" actively intervenes to rescue his children from the hands of captors and oppressors. "And all mankind shall know" means this will be a public external event and not a spiritual metaphor.

Next, the Lord emphasizes that there is no obstacle to the restoration of Israel and Judah. The covenant remains unbroken, merely temporarily interrupted. The promises made to Abraham will all be fulfilled.

Isaiah 50:1
Thus said the Lord:
Where is the bill of divorce?
Of your mother whom I dismissed?
And which of My creditors was it
To Whom I sold you off?
You were only sold off for your sins,
And your mother dismissed for your crimes.
Why, when I came, was no one there,
Why, when I called, would none respond?
Is my arm, then, too short to rescue,
Have I not the power to save?
Thus said the Lord
Now back again to God's servant:

God's Servant

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord God gave me a skilled tongue,
To know how to speak timely words to the weary.
Morning by morning, he rouses,…

Isaiah 50:5
The Lord opened my ears.
And I did not disobey,
I did not run away…

Isaiah 50:6
I did not hide my face
From insult and spittle.
But the Lord God will help me –
therefore I feel no disgrace;
Therefore I have set my face like flint.
I know I shall not be shamed.
My Vindicator is at hand –
Who dare to contend with me?
Let us stand together!…

Isaiah 50:9
Who would be my opponent?
Let him approach me!
Lo the Lord God will help me –

Isaiah 50:10
Who among you reveres the Lord.
And heeds the voice of His servant? –
Though he walk in darkness
And have no light,
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.

God Himself has prepared His servant and trained him. His servant stands fast against his many opponents. He stands fast against ridicule and personal attacks. He recommends to those who "revere the Lord" trust and reliance on God alone during the period of darkness to come. And this reliance on God’s inner guidance is the very "religion of Jesus" that is to come, the "true religion" which the servant brings forth in Isaiah 42:1-4. Once again, "necessity is the mother of invention." We must trust Him to be led by His spirit during the trial period. Now back to Isaiah:

Isaiah 51:3 
Truly the Lord has comforted Zion,
Comforted all her ruins;
He has made her wilderness like Eden,
Her desert like the Garden of the Lord.
Gladness and joy shall abide there,
Thanksgiving and the sound of music.

Zion is Jerusalem or geographic Israel where Melchizedek and those who love God will dwell. This occurs after the upcoming war against Israel, when this age ends and after which the "lion lays down with the lamb" and "the wilderness is made like Eden." Many blessings will be bestowed to a weary world when Melchizedek takes sovereignty forever. Now back to justice, the Lord says:

Isaiah 51:1 
Listen to Me, you who pursue justice,
You who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock you were hewn from
Look back to Abraham your father
And to Sarah who brought you forth.
For he was only one when I called him,
But I blessed him and made him many.
We are reminded of Melchizedek’s blessing of Abraham:

Genesis 26:4 
and in Thy (Abraham’s) seed shall
all the nations be blessed.
and let them (offspring of Abraham)
grow into a
multitude in the midst of the earth.

It would appear that Abraham’s offspring are found in all the nations, in the midst of the earth. These offspring go far beyond the bounds of Canaan. Also:

Genesis 17:4 
You (Abraham) shall be the Father
of a
multitude of nations.

Here it is explicit; Abraham’s offspring will comprise a multitude of nations. Who are these multitudes and nations among us?

Joel 3:2 
I (Lord) will also gather all nations, and will bring them
down into the Valley of Jehoshapat, and will plead with them
there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they
have
scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

This is a reference to a place where "the Lord" will gather the nations for judgment, the Valley of Jehoshapat. Israel is once again found scattered among the nations. The parting of the land probably refers to the partitions and boundaries of modern Israel as determined by man. The amount of land that the Lord gave ancient Israel is much bigger than the relatively small area that they are now confined in. Melchizedek will set this straight and will give Israel the land he promised them 4000 years ago. Until then, Israel’s present land holdings will be increasingly claimed by certain Arab nations with the support of the United Nations and the United States.  Man may propose, but it is God who disposes.  Returning to Isaiah:

Isaiah 51:4
Hearken to Me, My people,
And give ear to Me, O My nation,
For
teaching shall go forth from Me,
My way for the light of peoples.
In a moment I will bring it:
The triumph I grant is near,
The success I give has gone forth.
My arms shall provide for the peoples;
The
coastlands shall trust in Me,
They shall look to My arm.

The Lord Melchizedek is addressing "Israel" and the coastlands (neither know him yet) who will learn to trust him and look to him for assistance. Among other things, Melchizedek shall teach the world and the earth shall be:

Isaiah 11:9
Full of the knowledge of Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

This teaching reminds us of the great Melchizedek schools of learning discussed in the Urantia Book. Now back to Isaiah:

Isaiah 51:7
Listen to Me, you who care for the right,
O people who lay My instruction to heart!
Fear not the insults of men,
And be not dismayed at their jeers;
For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
The worm shall eat them up like wool.
But My triumph shall endure
forever,
My salvation through all the ages.

Those who stand up for "the right" will be persecuted, ridiculed and harassed. There is no doubt that this verse refers to a future world where the Lord triumphs forever:

Isaiah 51:9 
Awake, awake, clothe yourself with splendor,
O arms of the Lord!
Awake as in days of old,
As in former ages!

This is a direct reference to Melchizedek’s prior semi-material presence among the ancient Israelites. What was before, will be again:

Isaiah 55:11 
So let the
ransomed of the Lord return,
And come shouting to Zion,
Crowned with joy everlasting.
Let them attain joy and gladness,
While sorrow and sighing flee.

The ransomed are those held captive at the time of Melchizedek’s arrival at which time he declares "their release" as part of the 10 th Jubilee. They wear crowns because they are the elect, those who elect God’s will. The crown follows the elect lineage. This is the joyful reunion of Melchizedek with those who love God, the remnants of "Israel" and Judah. Melchizedek says:

Isaiah 52:6 
Assuredly, My people shall learn My name,
Assuredly, They shall learn on that day
That I, the One who promised,
Am now at hand.

He returns to us like a father we never knew we had. Judah will wake up as from a long sleep. Israel will wake up to their true identity and then to Melchizedek’s unrecognized relationship to themselves therefore: "My people shall learn My name." "Judah" are the Jews of modern Israel, but "Israel" remains for us to identify. Now:

Isaiah 52:7
 How welcome on the mountains
Are the footsteps of the
herald
Announcing happiness,
Heralding good fortune,
Announcing victory,
Telling Zion, "Your God is King!"

The Dead Sea Scrolls fragment, 11Q13, the Coming of Melchizedek, interprets this verse (Isaiah 52:7) in the following way. The herald is the final prophet who announces and "prepares the way of" Melchizedek, just as John the Baptist announced and "prepared the way of" Jesus. The mountains are interpreted to be a symbol of the Old Testament Prophets. The final prophet thus stands on the shoulders of the olden prophets, meaning that the final prophet bases his message on his interpretation of Old Testament prophecy. This is why the Teacher of Righteousness, the leader of the Qumran community of the Dead Sea Scrolls, refers to this final prophet as the "interpreter of the Law." The "Law" here being the Old Testament including the prophets. We can now also understand why the Urantia Book refers to this coming prophet as "another and greater John the Baptist," because the final prophet, like John, will announce and "prepare the way of the Lord," this time the Lord Melchizedek. The prophet proclaims to Zion (all those faithful to the One God), "your God is King," or rather; "The Lord Melchizedek is King," as interpreted by the Teacher of Righteousness in 11Q13 of the Scrolls. 11Q13 is thus an extremely important document that binds together the Urantia Book and Old Testament prophecy. It will be discussed again later in the Dead Sea Scrolls chapter. Continuing with this subject we also have:

Psalms 102:14 
You will surely arise and take pity on Zion,
For it is time to be gracious to her;
The
appointed time has come.
For the Lord has built Zion;|
He has appeared in all His glory.
May this be written down for a
coming generation,
That people yet to be created may praise the Lord.

That "coming generation" is our generation. The Lord is Melchizedek and the appointed time is the coming end of this age and the end of man’s sovereignty of this planet.

Psalms 146:10
The Lord shall reign forever

Psalms 48:2
The Lord is great and much acclaimed
in the city of our God
His holy mountain –
fair-crested, joy of all the earth.

Melchizedek is not just for the Judaic peoples but is for all the earth. Listen to what happens when all the nations come against modern Israel:

Psalms 48:5
The kings
(leaders of nations) joined forces;
they advanced together. (toward Jerusalem)
At the mere sight of it they were
stunned,

They were terrified, they panicked;
They were seized there with a trembling. (my parentheses)

Whatever it is that stuns these advancing forces, it very likely has a lot to do with Melchizedek’s arrival, which will be with "power and glory." What will these attacking forces see that will so "stun and terrify" them?

Psalms 82:1 
God stands in the divine assembly;
among the divine beings He pronounces judgment.

Here God is confused with Melchizedek. Melchizedek is indeed among the divine assembly, the four and twenty counselors on the Urantia council located on Jerusem. We are told that "only recently has Melchizedek been elevated to the position of personal ambassador on Jerusem of the Creator Son, bearing the title Vicegerent and Planetary Prince of Urantia." (UB  1025).

"Recent rulings handed down from the Most Highs of Edentia, and later confirmed by the Ancient of Days of Uversa, strongly suggest that this bestowal Melchizedek is destined to take the place of the fallen Planetary Prince, Caligastia. If our conjectures in this respect are correct, it is altogether possible that Melchizedek may again appear in person on Urantia and in some modified manner resuming the role of the dethroned Planetary Prince Caligastia." (UB  1025) "It appears to certain of our associates that at some time in the near future the plan of sending one of the twenty-four counselors to Urantia to act as governors general will be superseded by the formal arrival of Melchizedek with the vicegerent mandate of the sovereignty Chapter 7 Isaiah 76.of Urantia…Still others, including this narrator, look for Melchizedek’s appearance any day or hour." (UB  1251). Continuing:

Psalms 82:8
Arise, O God, judge the earth,
For all the nations are Your possession.
God is confused here with Melchizedek again. Now, back to Isaiah:

Isaiah 52:8 
Hark, your watchmen raise their voices,
As one they shout for joy;
For
every eye shall behold
The Lord’s return to Zion.
Raise a shout together,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord will have His Holy arm
In the
sight of all the nations,
And the
very ends of earth shall see
The victory of our God.

The watchmen are the prophets looking for Melchizedek’s arrival. Note that this is a very visible display in "sight of all the nations to the ends of the earth." What kind of display could be so visible? The last line again displays the confusion about the Lord Melchizedek and God. More on the servant now:

Isaiah 52:13 
Indeed,
My servant shall prosper,…
Just so he will
startle many nations.
Kings shall be silenced because of him,
For they shall see what has not been told them,
Shall behold what they never have heard.

The servant will startle many nations and silence Kings by revealing to them what is in store for them. There is hardly a decent leader in the whole world today. Almost all are out for their own gain. As a group they are the most depraved and ruthless people on the entire planet. The world is full of wonderful people, but hardly any of them are in positions of real power. The ruthless crave power and seek it. They are willing to crush anything or anyone that gets in their way. The meek are passive and are not willing to trade their soul for power. But there is a long line of those that will. As in ancient Israel, the "leaders are misleaders," who lead so many so far astray. God expects leaders to be the shepherds of His children. What will happen when judgment comes to the nations and their leaders. The answer is the same as the one given by Jesus, when he concluded the parable of the absent landlord (UB  1893) and asked, "what will the lord of the vineyard do to those ungrateful and wicked tenants (in our example shepherds)?" The present world is based on the principal Might makes Right. In the world of Melchizedek, King of Righteousness, the world will be based on Right makes Might. Next we have a prophecy regarding Jesus:

Isaiah 53:3 
He was despised, shunned by men,
A man of suffering, familiar with disease,
As one who hid his face from us,
He was despised we held him of no account.
Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing
Our suffering that he endured.
We accounted him plagued.
Smitten and afflicted by God:
But he was wounded because of our sins,
Crushed because of our iniquities.
He bore the chastisement that made us whole.
And by his bruises we are healed.
We all went astray like sheep.

Isaiah 53:7 
He was maltreated, yet he was submissive,
He did not open his mouth;
Like a sheep being led to slaughter,…
For
he was cut off from the land of the living…
And his
grave was set among the wicked,
And with the ric
h, in his death –
Though
he had done no injustice
And had spoken no falsehood…
He
exposed himself to death
And was numbered among the sinners,
Whereas he bore the guilt of the many
And made intercession for sinners.

We would all agree, that this is a remarkably accurate prophecy. Notice how it just appears out from within the organic nature of the text. It is right at home in the text and yet it is the vehicle of a profound distant future prophesy. The prophetic vision seems to waver in and out of time; juxtaposing future, past, and present; yet somehow weaving the strands into a real tapestry in the present of the prophet. Just a subtle shift in the focus of that "spiritized imagination" of the poet-prophet and entirely different images go in and out of view. It would be a little easier if all the good parts were underlined in red. Also, we notice that perhaps this prophecy is not completely applicable to Jesus, for instance we know from the Urantia Book that Jesus was more often of good cheer rather than suffering and that he was not "familiar with disease" as far as we know. Perhaps these are attributes of another suffering servant such as the servant that "brings back Jacob" to the Lord (Melchizedek). And so, we need to be a little flexible in our work with prophecy because separate strands can be mixed together. Now to Isaiah:

Restoration

Isaiah 54:2 
Enlarge the site of your tent,
Extend the size of your dwelling,
Do not stint!
Lengthen the ropes, and drive the pegs firm.
For you shall spread out to the right and the left;
Your offspring shall dispossess nations
And shall people the desolate towns.

The Lord is telling Israel that it’s offspring, the surviving remnants of "Israel" and "Judah," will populate whole nations and shall inhabit some of the towns in modern Israel that are desolated by war. He says further:

Isaiah 54:4 
Fear not, you shall not be shamed;
Do not cringe, you shall not be
disgraced.
For you shall forget
The
reproach of your youth.
And remember no more
The shame of your
widowhood.
For He who made you will espouse you—
His name is "Lord of Hosts;"
The Holy one of Israel will redeem you,
Who is called "God of all the Earth."

Restored, future Israel’s youth, is ancient Israel. Its ‘disgrace’ and ‘reproach’ are its going astray and its subsequent destruction and dispersion. I think ‘widowhood’ refers to Israel’s loss of her symbolic spouse, God, and His agent Melchizedek. However, the fall from God’s grace is only temporary (2500 years) and "He who made you (Israel) will espouse you" again. Notice the play on the word spouse in ‘espouse’. Now, the Lord will restore the people to its land and to its proper place among mankind. Note the last phrase ‘who is called God of the Earth.’ This is fairly close to the meaning of a World Messiah or Planetary Prince. And so:

Restoration, 3 rd Temple

Isaiah 54:11 
Unhappy,
storm-tossed one, uncomforted!
I will set your stones in fair colors
And make your foundations of
sapphires.
I will make your battlements of rubies,
Your gates of precious stones,
The whole encircling wall of
gems.
And all your children shall be disciples of the Lord,
And great shall be the happiness of your children;
You shall be established through righteousness.
You shall be safe from oppression,
And shall have no fear;
From ruin, and it shall not come near you.
Surely no harm can be done
Without My consent:
Whoever would harm you
Shall fall because of you.

Here, God assures His people, ‘storm tossed one (Israel)’ that they will be safe once and for all time. Perhaps God will direct through Melchizedek the making of a new temple on the temple mount; made with gems, rubies and sapphires. Further:

Isaiah 55:1 
Ho, all who are
thirsty,
Come for water,
Even if you have no money;
Come, buy food and eat:
Buy food without money,
Wine and milk without cost.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
Your earnings for what does not satisfy?

Here, we get a glimpse of the bounty and blessings that will ensue with restoration. Again, people are thirsty because of drought in the latter days.

Isaiah 55:3 
Incline your ear and come to Me;
Hearken, and you shall be revived.
And I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
So you shall summon a nation you did not know,
And a nation that did not know you
Shall come running to you –
For the sake of the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel who has glorified you.

This is a wide open offer from God – He forever hopes that we will come to Him so that we can become all that He means for us to become. ‘He becomes what we are to make us what He is (UB)’ Why is it so hard for God to give His children the greatest gift they could ever receive – The Kingdom of Heaven within and the Grand Universe throughout. If God were a door-to-door salesman, on this planet He would probably have lost his job long ago for lack of subscribers.

The second half of this stanza introduces a nation that will ‘come running’ to assist Israel ‘for the sake of the Lord our God.’ We will see that this nation and this people will assist in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem:

Temple

Zechariah 6:12 
Thus says the Lord of Hosts: You Joshua behold
the Messiah whose name is the Branch, for He shall
grow up in His place and He shall build the
true temple of the Lord.

Zechariah 6:13 
Yes, (Joshua you are building a temple of the Lord,
but)
it is He (the Lord, the Messiah) who shall build
the
true temple of the Lord, and He shall bear the honor
and glory and shall sit and rule upon His throne. And
He shall be a Priest upon His throne, and the council of
peace shall be between the two.

Zechariah 6:14 
And they that are
afar off shall come and build the
temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of
Amplified Hosts hath sent me unto you. And this will come to pass,
Bible if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.

Zechariah 6:15
And those who are far off shall come and help build the temple.

Joshua was the leader who presided over the building of the second Temple after the seventy-year exile of the Judahites in Babylon. This scripture explicitly identifies the true Temple as being built by the Lord Messiah. This temple will be the third and last, as it will endure throughout time. Another Messiah is also called the Branch, the anointed human being from the branch of David. However, the Urantia Book tells us that David’s legacy is mostly a fabrication of the exiled Jewish priests in Babylon during the Babylonian captivity. Therefore, I feel comfortable downgrading statements referring to David. The Messiah is also identified as a Priest that sits and rules upon his throne as a King. This would fit Melchizedek perfectly as he is both the "Priest of the Most High" in Genesis and the "King of Righteousness," the "King of Righteousness" being the literal translation of Melchizedek in Hebrew.

Genesis 14:17
After Abraham’s return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer…

Genesis 14:18
Melchizedek King of Salem (later
Jer
usalem) brought out bread and
wine; he was the
priest of God Most High.

Genesis 14:19
And he (Melchizedek) blessed him
and said, Blessed be Abraham by
God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth.

Genesis 14:20
And blessed, praised and glorified
be God Most High. Who has given
your foes into your hand!…

It is important to remember that Jesus knew and stated that he was not the Messiah of Jewish expectation (Urantia Book). ‘My Kingdom is not of this world.’ More about this later. We also note that these lines of Zechariah also attest to the presence of ‘those who are far off’ coming to assist in the building of the true Temple. These people are probably from the ‘nation that did not know you’ who ‘shall come running to you’ (Isaiah 55:5) and will be identified later.

Before leaving the topic, here are a few more lines of scripture about this Temple:

Tobit 14:1
And that again (after the Babylonian exile) God will
have mercy on them, and bring them into the land, where
they shall build a temple (the second temple), but not like the
first, until the time of that age be fulfilled (AD 70); and
afterward they shall return from all the places of their
captivity, and build up Jerusalem gloriously
(the third true
templ
e) and the bust of God shall be built in it for ever
with a glorious building, as the prophets have spoke thereof.

"Afterward" refers to the end of this age, coming upon us now. The "captivity" ends when Melchizedek arrives.

The information in the parentheses is my own. The major point here is the consistent description of this event across a multitude of scriptural sources. I have tried to find information that is attested to in a cross section of multiple scriptural sources. By doing this, I hope to avoid errors due to erroneous material. The amazing thing that I have found is the high degree of consistency that is present within such a diverse body of scriptural sources. This consistency is also a feature of the Urantia Book’s "ring of truth." Finally, regarding the-- Temple

Ezekiel 40:2
The hand of the Lord came upon me (Ezekiel) and He brought
me in visions of God, to the Land of Israel, and He set
me down on a very high mountain…

Ezekiel 47:1
He led me back to the entrance of the
Temple and I found
that water was issuing from below the Temple
Mount…
The water was running out at the south of the
altar, under the south wall of the Templ
e…it was a stream
that could not be crossed except by swimming…everything
will live wherever this stream goes, the fish will be abundant,
all kinds of trees for food will grow on both banks, their
leaves will not wither or their fruit fail; they will yield new
fruit every month, because the water for them flows from
the Temple. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.

"On May 15th , 1999, the Israeli newspaper, Hatsofer, reported that water had started flowing from beneath the Temple Mount…The Arab leaders have done everything possible to stop the flow of water, including special pumps they brought in for the purpose. The Arab leaders have been busy with intensive excavations on the Temple Mount, the purpose of which is to destroy the last remains of the First and Second Temples and in this way deny the Jewish identity of the Temple Mount. According to one account, during these diggings they broke into one of the many water sources under the Temple Mount." (Prophecy Flash magazine, Triumph Prophetic Ministries)

Here, those acting in defiance of God’s plan are the very ones who help bring it about. We can take part in God’s plans willingly and knowingly, or unwillingly and unknowingly, have it as we may. The choice of role is ours, the script is His. Isaiah then says:

Isaiah 55:6 
Seek the Lord while He can be found,
Call to Him while He is near.
Let the wicked give up his ways,
The sinful man his plans;
Let him turn back to the Lord,
And he will pardon him;
To our God,
For He freely forgives.

This is the bottom line. In the time of trials ahead seek God and learn to choose his will. Our physical well-being is truly trivial in importance compared to matters of the soul. We will come closer to God as we learn to rely on Him and trust Him. It is not God’s desire that anyone be lost from the kingdom, His family. He will not tolerate sin and/or iniquity but His way is always open to anyone who sincerely seeks it.

Isaiah 55:8
For My plans are not your plans,
Nor are My ways your ways
-declares the Lord.
But as the heavens are high above the earth,
So are My ways high above your ways
And My plans above your plans.
For as the rain or snow drops from heaven
And returns not there,
But soaks the earth
And makes it bring forth vegetation,
Yielding seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is the word that issues from My mouth:
It does not come back to Me unfulfilled,
But performs what I purpose,
Achieves what I sent it to do.
Yea, you shall leave in joy and be led home secure.
Before you, mount and hill shall shout aloud,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the briar, a cypress shall rise;
Instead of the nettle, a myrtle shall rise.
These shall stand as a testimony to the Lord,
As an everlasting sign that shall not perish.

This is one of my favorite passages in Isaiah. God’s ways are often 180 degrees opposite man’s ways. When man learns to seek His perspective on issues he becomes wise and when man learns to choose God’s choices he becomes transformed by the realization of his now living relationship with God. Also, in this passage, God is showing us the majesty and complete mastery that flows from His will. God is the source of all reality and reality is the garden growing from the seeds of God’s words. But in God’s reality, freedom to choose reigns supreme, for without freedom there can be no love and without love there can be no purpose. As a result, God’s omnipotence aside, seeds other than good are sometimes sown and since God’s sun shines on the good and the bad, the harvest is not always good. But everything is given its season, and at the harvest’s end, the weeds are bundled up and thrown into the fire and the wheat is stored away. And so, God self-limits His omnipotence to allow for love, for Chapter 7 Isaiah 84.without love there would be no sons and no daughters, and no reason to have a universe.

Isaiah 56:1
Thus said the Lord:
Observe what is right and do what is just;
Happy is the man who does this,
The man who holds fast to it:
And stays his hand from doing any evil.
This seems to be a pretty simple request. Why is it so hard?

Isaiah 56:3
Let not the foreigner say,
Who has attached himself to the Lord,
"The lord will keep me apart from His people;"
And let not the eunuch say,
"I am a withered tree."
I will give them, in My House
And within My walls,
A monument and a name
Better than sons or daughters.
I will give them an everlasting name
Which shall not perish.

God’s way is for all and any who will come – regardless of any other factor.

Isaiah 56:7
I will bring them (foreigners) to My sacred mount
And let them rejoice in My house of prayer.
For My House shall be called
A house of prayer
for all peoples.
Thus declares the Lord God,
Who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
"I will gather still more to those already gathered."

Note again the universality of God’s love. There is also another reference to the dispersed of Israel. Most importantly, God’s kingdom or family is for all peoples, all races, all religions, and for all time. Let’s pause here and consider that mysterious word ‘Israel.’

"Israel"

With the single word "Israel" one can discuss the entire past and future history of the world. We remember that Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, gave rise to the twelve tribes of Israel by virtue of his twelve sons. Moses, their great leader, led these twelve tribes through the desert from Egypt to the Land of Canaan. During their forty year desert journey scripture describes this group of Israelites as a rebellious group in the main. In fact, no sooner had Moses gone up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, than the people down below had begun to sacrifice to pagan gods. At the entrance to the Promised Land Moses died before entering, leaving his people in the hands of Joshua. After entrance into the Promised Land, Israel gradually coalesced into a united monarchy for several generations, before dividing up into northern and southern factions; Israel and Judah. Blessed by God’s bounty and fruitfulness the community thrived. But as their hunger was satisfied and their lives became secure, they walked away from the moral strictures of their covenant with God. The prophets tell us that they turned away from truth, became arrogant and full of pride, and ceased to practice justice. They knowingly ignored God’s commandments and worshipped false gods, becoming sexually promiscuous and deceitful. The weak and powerless went without protection, while knowledge and mercy disappeared. The Northern Israelites went astray before the Southern Judahites. The Northern Israelites were composed of the northern ten tribes. Ephraim and Manasseh were the two foremost tribes among the ten northern tribes for reasons discussed previously. Ephraim, the most blessed, led the way to destruction. These northern ten tribes, having separated themselves from God, were also separated from His guidance. They walked away from God and into disaster called the Assyrians, despite being warned and pleaded with by their prophets. At first, many of the Northern Israelites went into captivity in Assyria. Afterward they migrated north losing their identify and origins never to return. However, prophetic scripture continues to speak about a future, re-identified Lost Israel that plays an important role in events still to come at the end of our age. By looking at the various characteristics of this group of people described in scripture, we can glean something of this group’s identity. Let’s start by looking at where they go upon dispersion and where they come from in their future re-gathering to give us some hints as to who they may be. Ephraim is often used in scripture to refer to Israel because they make up the great majority of the population of the Lost Ten Tribes. First consider where the Northern Tribes are dispersed to:

Amos 9:9
I (God) will give the order
And shake the House of Israel –
Through all the nations
As one shakes a sieve.

Ezekiel 5:10
I will scatter your survivors
in every direction.

Ezekiel 5:14
I will make you a ruin
and a mockery
among the nations.

Micah 5:7
The remnant of Jacob shall be,
In the
midst of many peoples
Like dew from the Lord.

This dispersion is all over the world. Also notice the word remnant. The remnant is a small portion of the population of "Israel" and is the faithful segment, which will be gathered to "The Lord" and returned to the Land of Canaan at the end of the age. The same applies for the remnant of Judah (the Jews). The remnant is what is left over after whatever happens, happens.

Their survival is dependent on their receptivity to God’s inner guidance through the indwelling spirit, and by God’s outer guidance through His chosen prophet whom he always provides. Now, lets be more specific about where the Israel remnant will come from when re-gathered at the end of the age.

Jeremiah 31:10
Hear the word of the Lord, O Nations,
And tell it in the
coastlands afar.
Say:
He who scattered Israel will gather them.

Jeremiah 46:27
Be not dismayed, O Israel!
I will deliver you from
afar.

Ezekiel 6:8
I will leave a remnant
of you that shall escape
from the sword among
the nations and be scattered
through the land.

Ezekiel 4:13
The people shall eat
their bread, unclean,
among the nations I will
banish them to.

Ezekiel 11:17
I have scattered them
among the countries.

Again, we have a generalized scattering of Lost Israel among all the nations, and also in the coastlands, among gentiles who eat unclean bread more specifically. Let’s see further where they are gathered from now:

Isaiah 11:12
He (the Lord) will hold up a signal to the nations
and assemble the banished of Israel
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.

Jeremiah 23:3 
And I Myself (Melchizedek) will gather the remnant of My flock
from all the lands that I banished them.

Isaiah 24:14
Therefore, honor the Lord with lights
In the coastlands of the sea…
From the
ends of the earth
We hear singing:
Glory to the Righteous One (Melchizedek)

Also, lets not forget God’s servant, previously discussed, as related to these coastlands:

Isaiah 42:1
This is My servant, whom I uphold,…
He shall bring forth the true way…
And the
coastlands shall await his teaching.

And so we see clearly that coastlands and isles from afar are a major location for this group of people called "Israel." Now let’s try to get even more specific:

Jeremiah 3l:7
For thus said the Lord:
Cry out in joy for Jacob,
Shout at the
Chief of the Nations!
Sing aloud in praise and say:
The Lord has saved His people
The remnant of Israel.

Jeremiah 31:10 
Hear the word of the Lord, O Nations

Isaiah 43:3 Bring my sons from
afar,
And my daughters from the end of the earth –

Isaiah 60:9
To bring your sons from
afar,
And their silver and gold as well –

Afar is repeated often enough to note. Afar and ends of the earth would seem to mean just that. The Chief of Nations is the leading nation at the time of the ending of the age, which I believe is now approaching. Afar, of course, is far from Canaan the point of reference. Next consider:

Isaiah 49:1
Listen, O
coastlands, to me,
And give head, O Nations afar.

Isaiah 60:9
Surely, the isles and
distant coastlands
shall wait for and expect Me;
and the ships of Tarshish (large ships) will come first
to bring your sons from
afar.

Isaiah 24:13
For thus it will be
among the peoples
In the midst of the earth…

Isaiah 24:14
These shall lift up their voices,
Exult in the Majesty of the Lord
They shall shout
from the sea:

Again these nations are far away from geographic Israel, across a sea, have coasts, and are inhabited by gentiles (non-Jewish) and their major faction lives in the Chief of Nations. These are fairly specific characteristics when taken together. Let’s also consider "Israel’s" general spiritual characteristics.

In general this is a large multitude of people who are scattered all over the world with a main concentration in the Chief of Nations, a coastland across the sea. The remnant self-selects themselves by being receptive to the inner leading and guidance of God amidst the trials of the latter days, shortly to begin. "Israel" in the broadest sense is any and all of these persons who choose to follow God’s inner and outer guidance, and who refuse to sink into the chaos and depravity of those around them. God chooses all people! Only some people choose God. "God’s people" are not an elite, or racially defined group, they are simply those who have chosen to do His will. This is not to say, that there are no genetic or environmental factors that condition the individuals’ responsiveness and receptivity to God’s inner and outer leadings. There are, but they are never the sole determinants or most important factors involved.

Jeremiah 3l:10 And tell it in the coastlands afar.
Say:
He who scattered Israel will gather them,

Now we have a nation that is far away from Canaan, across the sea that has coasts and is addressed as the chief of nations. The United States certainly could be this nation. This nation seems to have a major contingent of these called "Israel." Another, frequent term, isles of the sea, could be the British Isles. Lets not forget about other locations as well for this people "Israel":

Jeremiah 3l:8
I (the Lord) will bring them from the
northland,
Gather
them from the ends of the earth.
The blind and the lame among them…
In a vast throng they will return here (Canaan…)

Jeremiah 31:9
They will come with weeping (in joy and repentance)
And with compassion will I guide them.

Isaiah 11:10
In that day, My Lord will apply His hand to redeeming the
part outside the Holy Land, from Assyria – as also from
Egypt, Pathros Nubia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath and the
coastlands. He will hold up a signal to the nations.

The most important factor is always the individual’s willingness or unwillingness to give precedence to God’s will, ways, laws and leadings (to the best of each individual’s capacity to understand these). Now, let’s look at some other descriptive terms related to our mystery entity "Israel:"

Isaiah 10:22
Even if your people, O Israel,
Should be as the
sands of the sea,
Only a remnant shall return.

Hosea 2:1
The number of people of Israel shall be
like the
sands of the sea, which cannot
be measured or counte
d.

Genesis 22:17 
The angel of the Lord (Melchizedek) called to Abraham…
I will bestow my blessings on you and make
your descendants as
numerous as the stars
of heaven and the sands on the seashore.

Deuteronomy 33:16
Let these blessings come upon the head of Joseph
(Ephraim and Manasseh)
with the precious things of the earth and its fullness
and favor of the goodwill of Him.

Deuteronomy 33:17
Like a firstling bull Joseph’s majesty is,…
And these are the
myriads of Ephraim and
those are the
thousands of Manasseh.
(Joseph’s blessings transmitted to his two sons
Ephraim and Manasseh)
Ephraim
double fruitfulness, 2nd son of Joseph.
"for God has made him (Joseph)
Easton’s Bible fruitful in the land of his affliction." (Egypt) Dictionary

What I’ve tried to show here is that the blessing from the "Lord" (Melchizedek) to Abraham for numerous descendants, as the "sands of the sea," passes from Abraham, through Isaac, through Jacob, and through Joseph to Ephraim and to a lesser extent Manasseh. The great majority of distant future descendants are from Ephraim (the most blessed and fruitful). This is why Ephraim is used at times to designate the "lost ten tribes of Israel." Therefore, "Ephraim" and "Joseph" used in a prophetic sense refer to the same entity as "Israel." Also note, that it is a small remnant of "Israel" which returns to Canaan in the latter days. For now, suffice it to say that "Israel" is a far-flung group of people who are very numerous, some of which live in the coastlands afar and the isles of the sea. Further:

Deuteronomy 33:13
And of Joseph it is said:…
On the
crown of the elect of his brothers…
He has thorns like the
horns of the wild-ox;

Deuteronomy 33:17
with them, he shall push the peoples,
all of them, to the ends of the earth.

Genesis 22:17
The
Angel of the Lord called to Abraham…
and said;…your seed will possess the
gates of His enemies.

Horns symbolize power. To possess the gate of ones enemies means to control the strategic locations of military power. These statements tell us that Joseph’s offspring (Ephraim/Israel) will have great power on the earth with the ability to conquer and control their enemies. Consider that Great Britain had the most far-flung empire in the history of the world and that America is the present reigning superpower. Also, Joseph (Lost Israel) is prophesied to have great bounty, great increase, great blessings of land, crops, and natural resources and fruitfulness.

America is the land founded on God’s great blessings and strength. "God Bless America," "in God we Trust," "America the Beautiful" were frequently used phrases. Also:

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
For Amber Waves of Grain
For Purple Mountain Majesty
Above the Fruited Plain
America, America God Shed His Grace on Thee
And Crown Thy Good with Brotherhood…

The fruitfulness, bounty, and blessings of America are unparalleled in the history of the world. Could the prophets have been addressing us; here, today and now? Are we the inheritors of Joseph’s and Ephraim’s God given bounty, fruitfulness, and military power? Are we the distant coastlands, across the sea from whence the servant will speak? Are we the "Chief of Nations?" Are we the latter days Ephraim of prophetic scripture? Now, let’s try to trace the physical path of "Israel" after they are conquered by the Assyrians.

4Ezra 13:39
And as for your seeing him (the "Lord")
gather to
himself another multitude that was peaceable, these
are the
ten tribes, which were led away from their own
land into captivity in the days of King Hosea, when
Shalmanesser, the king of the Assyrians led captive;
he took them across a river, and they were taken into
another land. But they formed this plan for themselves,
that they would leave the multitude of nations and go to
a more distant region, where mankind had never lived,
that there they at least might keep their statutes which
they had not kept in their own lan
d. And they went up
the narrow passages

4Ezra 13:43 of the Euphrates river…through that region there was
a long way to go, a journey for a
year and a half.

Jeremiah 3l:18 
I (the Lord) can hear
Ephraim (Israel) lamenting:
‘You have chastised me, and I am chastised’…
Truly
Ephraim is a dear son to Me,
A child that is dandled!
Whenever I have spoken against him,
My thoughts would dwell on him still.
That is why my heart yearns for him;
I will receive him back in love.
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 3l:4
Erect
markers,
Set up way marks,
Keep in mind the highway,
the
road that you traveled.
Return maiden Israel!
Return to these towns of yours!

In these passages the Northern Tribes, "Israel" leave Canaan to Assyria and then later go north up the Euphrates River for a one and a half year journey. Where did they go? They are told to leave "markers and way marks" as they go so that they can later return by the same route (during the messianic regathering). Let’s pick up this story in the evidences of recorded history. Here are some quotes from a leading researcher on the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, Yair Davidy:

"The word translated above (Jeremiah 31:4) as "way marks" in the original
Hebrew is "Tzionim" which strictly speaking means "signs"
but in
spoken Hebrew is usually used to denote a stone
erectio
n, marking a grave or event." (Yair Davidy, Ephraim)
"Amongst the Classical Authoritative Rabbinical Commentators
the most literal explanation of this verse is that given by the
"Radak." (Rabbi David Kimchi, 1157-1236 A.D.) of Marbonne,
France. (Yair Davidy,
Ephraim)

"Set yourself up way marks" –
"This was directed to the community of Israel, that in the
generation when they would be exiled, they should set up
way marks such as piled up stones or stone monuments to
recognize the path of migratio
n, meaning to say that even
though you will be exiled hope is not lost and you are still
destined to return to these your cities."
(Radak on Jeremiah 31)
(Yair Davidy,
Ephraim)

"The ancient Hebrews are recorded setting up stones as
monuments. Jacob set up a pillar and anointed it. Heaps
of stones, or one stone upon another are collectively
referred to as "dolmens" and are found in
Israel and
Western Europe. The intentions of these monuments
was to commemorate some event. (Yair Davidy,
Ephraim)

‘The megalithic dolmens found in the Golan and Galilee
are table like structures composed of two vertical basalt
blocks roofed by large rock horizontal slabs.’
(Mazar, A. "Archeology of the Land of the Bible, 10,000 –
586 BCE", 1990) (Yair Davidy,
Ephraim)

"Dolmens and related monuments are found in the land of
Israel, Jordan, Caucasus, Spain, France, Britain and Scandinavia."
(Yair Davidy,
Ephraim)

"There are several types of dolmens and examples have also
been reported from Ethiopia, Japan, India, and North Africa.
The type of dolmen found in ancient Israel is the same as that
found in Western Europ
e." (Yair Davidy’s, Ephraim ).

In addition there are volumes of research and facts that support the close relationship between ancient Israel and Northwestern Europe. This research comes from Talmudic scholarship, archeology, linguistics, recorded history, and folklore. The Northern Ten Tribes, the Israelites, were dispersed first to Assyria and then traveled northward to populate Northern and Western Europe and then later on came to America. These Lost Ten Tribes of Israel have carried with them, wherever they have gone, their ancient blessings from God. These blessings went from God, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, to Northern Israel, to the Lost Ten Tribes, to Northwestern Europe and finally to America. But just as in the beginning, blessings have not been recognized and appreciated, and have not kept those who are blessed from going astray. It was Ephraim of ancient Israel, the most blessed, who went first and farthest astray. It is Ephraim again who goes astray. Ephraim is America. The end is like the beginning. American history is repeating Northern Israel’s ancient history.

I think one can make a strong case that "Israel" has large populations in North America, Great Britain, Northern and Western Europe, and the off shoots of the prior British Empire, i.e. Australia and New Zealand among others. In addition, "like the dew of the Lord," smaller populations are located among many if not all the other nations. One might reasonably consider that "Israel" is closely related to Christendom itself. The total population of this "Israel" is probably in the billions. Biblical references to offspring as numerous as "the stars in the sky" and the "sands of the sea" are now comprehensible. God’s promises to Abraham have been, are being, and will be fulfilled. Now we appreciate the immensity of "Ephraim’s myriads." Suddenly, the Bible is no longer just an "old fashioned book" about meaningless events in the distant past that involve other people. "Israel" is Christendom today and "Judah" is modern, geographic Israel of re-gathering Jews. Future "Israel" will be all those who desire to do God’s will. Future "Israel" will be composed of the faithful remnants of Christians and Jews and all others who desire to do God’s will. God has been announcing his plans from long ago. The history of "Israel" is in fact the history of the world; past, present and future. And God’s history of the world is a strange history. It is told before, not after, the historical events occur. This does not mean that our lives and history are predetermined. We freely choose all of our own actions, but God transcends time and space and his infinite mind foreknows how we will freely choose. We are free to choose and God is free to foreknow our choices. This is similar to a parent who can predict in advance what his children will do in various situations. The immensity, absoluteness, and infinitude of God’s mind are far beyond human imagination. We are left in awe of this Infinite Being who turns to us the face of a loving Father and knows the number of hairs on our individual heads. Lets now return to the Isaiah narrative:

Isaiah 56:6 
As for the
foreigners
Who attach themselves to the Lord,
To minister to Him
And to love the name of the Lord,
To be his servants –

Isaiah 56:7 
I will bring them to My sacred mount
And let them rejoice in My house of prayer,
"For My house shall be called
A house of prayer for
all peoples."
Thus says the Lord God,
Who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
"I will gather still more to those already gathered."

God himself is being quoted here by the prophet. Isaiah presents his inspired collaboration with Melchizedek with a certainty of mind beyond mere human assurance. God is clear: anyone who would, can come. He is a loving father, actively pursuing the embrace of every mortal being in the world. The eternal covenant is open to all who have faith and who would follow God’s Ways and Will. Man is not absolved of suffering, but he is lifted up over it, in the "peace that surpasses all understanding." And this is the "kingdom of heaven" that is "within" as spoken of by the Son of Man. What are God’s Ways? What would God have us do? Here is God’s answer through His inspired prophets. We will first review the Old Covenant with its external commands and then the New Covenant with its internal guidance. Together they are the Way of God.

God’s Way – External Commandments/Old Covenant

Genesis 17 
God (Melchizedek)
spoke to Abraham, "This is my
Covenant with you: You shall be the father of a
multitude of nations…
I assign…all the land of Canaan,
as an everlasting holding
(to Abraham and his offspring.)"

Genesis 26 
The Lord (Melchizedek) appeared to him (Abraham) and said,
"…I will make your descendants
as numerous as the stars of heaven…"

Exodus 19 
Moses went up (Mount Sinai) to God (Melchizedek).
The Lord called to him "Say to the House of Jacob…
If you will
obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant,
you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples."

Exodus 20 
"You shall
not swear falsely by the name of the Lord
your God…Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy…
honor your father and mother…You shall
not murder…
commit adultery…steal…bear false witness…covet your
neighbor’s house…or covet your neighbor’s wife."

Deuteronomy 30:15 
Behold, I have set before thee this day life and death,
good and evil. If thou wilt hearken to the commands of
the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to
love the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to
keep his ordinances, and his judgments; then ye shall
live, and shall be many in number, and
the Lord thy God
shall bless thee in all the land into which thou goest to
inheri
t. But if thy heart change, and thou wilt not hearken,
and thou shalt go astray and worship other gods, and serve
them, I declare to you this day, that ye shall utterly perish,
and ye shall by no means live long upon the land, into which
ye go over Jordan to inherit it.

I call both heaven and earth to witness this day against
you, I have set before you life and death, the blessing and
the curse: choose thou life, that thou and thy seed may live;
to love the Lord thy God, to hearken to his voice, and cleave
to him; for this is thy life, and the length of thy days, that thou
shouldest dwell upon the land, which the Lord sware to thy
fathers; Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.

In Genesis 17, the multitude of nations are the nations of Christendom today. The "land of Canaan" given by the Lord is a much larger area of land than the present modern Israel. It is an everlasting gift from God, who keeps his promises. It is interesting to read Leviticus 26:16 (not presented here) as well. This extended passage (26:16 Leviticus) sets forth all the bad things that will happen to the Israelites if the commandments are not upheld. All of these pronouncements or ‘curses’ eventually do happen to Israel as their subsequent history is characterized by perpetual unfaithfulness. The Urantia Book confirms this unfaithfulness to the covenant.

UB  Israel had repudiated the Son of the God (Melchizedek) who had made a
covenant with Abraham, and the plan to make the children of
Abraham the light-bearers of truth to the world had been
shattered. The divine covenant had been abrogated, and the
end of the Hebrew nation drew on apace.

Notice above that it is God's covenant. Melchizedek, the Son of God, brings it to Abraham. This is why Melchizedek is referred to as "the messenger of the covenant" in Malachi.

Malachi 3:1 KJV
Behold…the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to
his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye
delight in: behold he shall come.

This verse in Malachi is a prophecy written 2500 years ago of Melchizedek’s return in the "latter days," now just ahead. "The Lord whom you seek" is the messenger of the covenant, who in turn is Melchizedek. Once again, by a different route, we show that "the Lord" can be identified as Melchizedek in scripture. Once again, the Urantia Book opens up scripture for us, supplying the critical clue as above. The Urantia Book confirms this everlasting covenant with Abraham and Abraham’s offspring "Israel." The Jewish people have not been abandoned by God, they are still a vital part of God’s unfolding plan.

UB  1020 This covenant of Melchizedek and Abraham represents the
great Urantian agreement between
divinity and humanity whereby
God agrees to do everything; man only agrees to
believe God’s
promises and
follow his instructions.

Note here that the Urantia Book redefines "Israel" to mean all of humanity. Anyone who would come, can come. The word Israel takes on different, but mutually consistent, meanings in different contexts throughout the Bible. Each meaning is like a separate ‘transparency,’ one lain over the next, one by one. The final meaning is a four dimensional entity sculpted out of space and time and is comprised of all of those who desire to do God’s Will, which is God’s Way. Now, lets continue with God’s Way and what He requires of us by way of external commands:

Isaiah 56:1 
Observe what is right and do what is just.

Hosea 6 I 
desire
goodness – not sacrifice
Obedience to God, not burnt offerings

Hosea l0:l2 
Sow righteousness for yourselves;
Reap the fruits of goodness:"…
You have plowed wickedness,
You have reaped iniquity –
And you shall eat the fruits of treachery –
Because you relied on your way

Amos 6: 
Spare me the sound of your hymns.
But let
justice well up like water and
Righteousness like an unfailing stream.

Micah 6 
He has told you, O man, what is good…
Only to do
justice
And to love goodness
And to walk humbly with your God.

Zechariah 8: 
Speak
truth to one another
Render true and perfect
justice in your gates…
Love honesty and integrity

Deuteronomy l8:l3 
You must be
wholehearted with the Lord your God.


Isaiah 58:4 
You fast in strife and contention,
And you strike with a wicked fist!…

Isaiah 58:6 
This is the fast that I desire:
To
unlock the fetters of wickedness,
And
untie the cords of the yoke
To let the oppressed go
Free;
To break off every yoke…
To
share your bread with the hungry,
And to take the wretched poor into your home;
When you see the naked, clothe him…
Then your light will burst through like the dawn
And your healing will spring up quickly…
Then when you call, the Lord will answer;
When you cry, He will say: Here I am.

Jeremiah 9:23 
For I the Lord act with
kindness,
Justice and equity in the world;
For in these I delight

Hosea l2:7 
You must return to your God!
Practice goodness and justice,
And
constantly trust in your God.

Continuing the theme of God’s Way; i.e. God’s Will, His people shall:

Damascus Document They shall love each man as his brother;
They shall
succor the poor, the needy, and the stranger…

Dead Sea Scrolls They shall
bear no rancor from one day to the next…

100 BCE No man shall defile his holy spirit…

Deuteronomy l0:l2 
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God,
require of you,
but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to love
Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and His statutes,
which I command you this day for your good. (Moses to Israelites)

And so, God tells us through his prophets what He wants of us; very simply and very clearly. But for most of mankind these instructions are unappealing! After all, aren’t we free? Sovereigns of our own destiny? Aren’t we able to choose our own paths without any assistance from anyone, including the infinite and loving Being we call God? Little do we realize that we throw away infinity for an illusion, never suspecting the treasure buried within, encased in fear and subverted by pride. Only by paradox, can the infinite be alluded to because true freedom is "slavery" to God’s will, for such slavery is a slavery of love, that unshackles every yoke of human limitation. The very intention of God’s Will is love. We have considered the old covenant between God and man. Now lets turn to the new covenant. We move from external, negative commands to internal, positive guidance. Kingdom of Heaven Within, the New Covenant, Internal Guidance, the true way, the gospel and message of Jesus

Jeremiah 3l:3
But such is the covenant I will make
With the House of Israel after these days –
Declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching
Into their
inmost being and inscribe it
Upon their heart
s. Then I will be their God, and
They shall be My people.

Isaiah 30:l8 
Then your
Guide will no more be ignored, and your
Eyes will watch your
Guide; and, whenever you
Deviate to the right or to the left, your ears
Will heed the command from behind (within) you:
"This is the
road; follow it!"

Proverbs l:23
…behold, I will
put my spirit unto you. I
Will make known my words unto you.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me (Jesus), "Lord, Lord,"
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but rather he
that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

Luke 17:20-21
The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither
shall they say, Lo here! Or, Lo there! For, behold,
the Kingdom of God is
within you.

1 Corinthians3
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?…
which ye have of God, and ye are
not your own.

4Q400
… priests of the
inner temple, ministers of
Dead Sea the presence in his glorious
innermost Temple
Scrolls chambers.

4Q405
Praise the God of… wonder, and exalt Him… As
Dead Sea they rise, a
whispered divine voice is heard…
Scrolls

And so, we see the evolution of God’s relationship with man. We begin with the fear of God and his external commandments and we end with the love of God and the pouring out of His spirit upon us, and within us. We’ve heard from the prophets about the Kingdom within. Now hear the poets:

Emily Dickinson #679
Conscious am I in my Chamber,
Of a
shapeless friend
Presence – is His furthest license –
Instinct esteems Him
Immortality –

Emily Dickinson#670
One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –
One need not be a House –
The Brain has Corridors – surpassing
Material place –
Far safer, of a midnight meeting
External Ghost
Than its
interior Confronting –
That
Cooler Host.

Here, Emily is expressing her consciousness of the inner spirit within – the "shapeless friend" and "Cooler Host" of "immortality." Unlike the external spirits and Ghosts; the internal spirit inhabits our mind – the "corridors of the brain." Let’s take a look at a few more:

Emily Dickinson #384
No Rack can torture me –
My Soul – at liberty –
Behind this mortal Bone
There knits a bolder One…
Captivity is Consciousness –
So’s Liberty.

Realization of God’s spirit within, "the bolder One," liberates one from all perceived human limitations, i.e. one’s "captivity." Now consider:

Isaiah 61:1
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble,
To bind up the wounded heart.
To proclaim release to the captives…
To comfort all who mourn –

The Son of Man takes this prophecy up into himself and liberates man through the revelation of the kingdom of heaven within, because "captivity is consciousness" after all, and consciousness is mostly unaware of God’s gift within us, the indwelling spirit. And when consciousness becomes aware of this gift we exchange our humdrum perception for:

Emily Dickinson #980
Purple – is fashionable twice –
This season of the year,
And when a soul
perceives itself
To be an Emperor.

i.e.; the Emperor of the Kingdom Within, because:

Emily Dickinson #674
The soul that hath a
guest
Doth seldom go abroad -Diviner
Crowd at Home
Obliterate the need –
And Courtesy forbid
A Host’s departure when
Upon Himself be visiting
The Emperor of Men –

The "guest" is God’s spirit within as is "The Emperor of Men." We are the physical hosts of the spiritual "Host" within. God’s infinite spark of divinity lies within each of us. Just as biologic fathers give a genetic piece of themselves to their children, our spiritual Father gives us a spiritual piece of Himself. Now let’s switch gears regarding the kingdom within:

Walt Whitman Song of the Open Road
Each is not for its
own sake,
I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky
Are for religions sake.
I say no man has ever yet been half devout enough,
None has ever yet adored or worshipped enough,
None has begun to think
how divine he himself is, and
How
certain the future is.
Song of Myself O, I could sing such glories and grandeurs about you!
You have not known what you are,
You have slumber’d upon yourself all your life,
Your eyelids have been the same as closed most of
The time.

We are unaware of the presence of the spirit within and so "we have not known what we are" and haven’t begun to realize "how divine" we ourselves can become. The voice within points the way, if we but listen. Follow the guide within and experience the reality of the divine indwelling. Behold, "all things are becoming new"-- once we experience and are aware of God’s spirit within; that "little voice" that speaks silently. And now, back to Isaiah. He turns 180 degrees and addresses our elite and illustrious leaders:

the "blind watchmen," "the negligent shepherds," and "the greedy dogs."

Misleaders

Isaiah 56:10
The watchmen are blind, all of them,
They perceive nothing.
That cannot bark;
They lie sprawling,
They love to drowse.
Moreover, the dogs are greedy;
They never know satiety.
As for the shepherds, they know not
What it is to give heed.
Everyone has turned to his
own way,
Every last one
seeks his own advantage.
"Come, I’ll buy some wine;
Let us swill liquor.
And tomorrow will be just the same,
Or even much grander!"
The righteous man perishes,
And no one considers;
Pious men are taken away,
And no one gives thought
That because of evil…
The righteous was taken away.
Yet he shall come to peace,
He shall have rest on his couch
Who walked straightforward.
But as for you, come closer,…
On a high and lofty hill
You have set your couch;
Behind the door and doorpost
You have directed your thoughts;
Abandoning Me, you have gone up

Isaiah 57:8
You have chosen lust
You have provided many perfumes.|
And you have sent your envoys afar,
Though wearied by much travel,
You never said, "I give up!"

You found gratification for your lust,
And so you never cared.
Whom do you dread and fear,
That you tell lies?
But you gave no thought of Me,
You paid no heed!
It is because I have stood idly by for so long
That you have no fear of Me
I hereby pronounce judgment on your deeds:

Isaiah 57:12
Your assorted idols shall not avail you,
Shall not save you when you cry out
They shall all be borne off by the wind,
Snatched away by a breeze.

Here the watchmen (56:10) are our "experts", the erudite prognosticators of conventional wisdom. Their refrain is always the same, everything is fine – just another bright sunny day. Meanwhile justice has gone out from the land and truth out from our hearts. Our leaders are misleaders; their only interest is self-interest. Gone are the statesmen. Gone are the noblemen. Gone are the wise men. There is no one home. Our shepherds (leaders) are wolves feeding off the flock. Entrusted with much, these misleaders will be answerable for much. The consequences of this blind leadership will shortly rear their ugly heads. And then the cry: "if only we knew." But we close our eyes, and cover our ears, and bury our heads – co-conspirators against truth and justice. "We hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil. And we love it to have it so." Now, back to the main narrative of Isaiah:

Isaiah 60:17
Arise, and shine, for your light has dawned.
The presence of the Lord has shone upon you.
Behold! Darkness shall cover the earth,
And
thick clouds the peoples
But upon you the Lord will shine,
And His Presence be seen over you.
And nations will walk by your light.
Raise your eyes and look about:
They have all gathered and come to you (the Lord)
Your sons shall be brought from afar,
Your daughters like babes on shoulders.
As you behold, you will glow:

This "Presence of the Lord" is some sort of visible manifestation of The Lord/Messiah/Melchizedek. There are repeated references to the light that he radiates in contrast to the "dark clouds" that are present upon the "Lord’s" Messianic arrival. Such dark clouds could possibly be from nuclear detonations or perhaps some natural phenomena, i.e. multiple volcanic eruptions associated with the large scale tectonic event or events that occur in concert with "the Lord’s" arrival, described elsewhere. Next in line, consider:

Isaiah 60:8
Who are these that float like a cloud,
Like doves to their windows?

CLOUDS/CHARIOTS/SKY

This is a great question. Just what are these objects in the sky termed clouds. Remember the passages regarding "the Lord" leading the Israelites by a "pillar of cloud" in the day and a "fire" in this cloud at night, that gives off light for the people to see by:

Psalms 78:14
In the daytime also he (the Lord) led them with a
cloud, and all The night with a light of fire

Psalms 99:7
He (the Lord)
spoke unto them in the cloudy pillar.

Exodus 33:9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered the
Tabernacle, the
cloudy pillar descended…
And the
Lord talked with Moses. (Moses, untroubled
by this, was well schooled in the traditions regarding
Melchizedek; as discussed in the UB).

His chariots shall be as a whirlwind:

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is none like God (probably Melchizedek), O Israel,
Who
rides through the heavens to your help and
In his majestic glory
through the skies.

There is a strong association between "the Lord" (probably Melchizedek) and the word "cloud." It would also appear that he the Lord Melchizedek travels or "rides" through the skies on "chariots" that also are described as "swift clouds." These descriptions are literal and not figurative in my opinion. Further consider:

2Kings 2:1
Behold, there appeared a
chariot of fire, and
horses of fire, and it parted them (Elijah & Elisha) both
asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind
into heaven. (see above similarity in Jeremiah 4:13)

Psalms 68:17
The
chariots of God are twenty thousands of angels
The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in The Holy Place.

The word chariot is also used in 1Enoch to describe vehicles traveling across the heavens that sound like modern aircraft.

1Enoch 55:1-3
After this I beheld an army of
chariots with men riding in them.
And they
came upon the wind from the east, from the west, and
from the south. The
sound of the noise of their chariots was heard.

Chariots then, are vehicles of transportation, on the ground or in the air, depending on the context of its usage.

Psalm 68:17
above links angels and "chariots." This brings to mind the "transport seraphim" discussed in the Urantia Book. Could these "chariots" or "swift clouds" be at all related to the modern phenomenon of "UFOS"? Of transport seraphim? Now, let’s look at a very important passage that also refers to "clouds."

Daniel 7:13
One like a human being (one like a son of man/ RSV.)
Came with the
clouds of heaven;
He reached the Ancient of Days
And was presented to Him;

Remember that Jesus took his title Son of Man from the Book of Enoch (UB.p.l390). Here the Messianic figure is referred to as "one like a son of man," who is not Jesus because:

UB  1749
Jesus endeavored to lead his followers into the
spiritual
kingdom… but they would not have it so. He well knew that
his earth mission could not possibly fulfill Messianic expectations
of the Jewish people; the
older prophets portrayed a Messiah, which he could never be.

Therefore, Jesus tells us repeatedly that "his kingdom is not of this world", but rather an inner spiritual kingdom which he has come to reveal. "One like a son of man" is not Jesus. Who is I early history of Israel. We also know that "the Lord" sometimes refers to Melchizedek. If the Messiah is Melchizedek and he "comes with the clouds of heaven: this would fit with our previous associations between "the Lord" and the "pillar of cloud" that leads the Israelites. Remember that Melchizedek was on earth in a "semi material form" as well as a material form previously, and that a Melchizedek can take on a wide variety of forms; spiritual, material, and semi material. Also notice the key word like, in "one like a son of man." Jesus was a son of man because he was born of woman. Melchizedek incarnated in an adult human form and was not born of woman. Therefore he is not a son of man but rather is like a son of man. So the "cloud" reference and the "one like a son of man" reference both point to Melchizedek as the Lord/Messiah. Now consider the rest of this passage:

Daniel 7:14
And to him
(one like a son of man) was
Given dominion, and glory and kingdom,
That
all peoples, nations, and languages
Should serve him;
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And his kingdom is one
That shall not be destroyed

This is not a spiritual Messiah, he comes in power and glory to judge the earth and take dominion (sovereignty) of the nations and peoples of the world. Why does he come and take sovereignty? Melchizedek is our Planetary Prince in waiting. All normal planets have a Planetary Prince and we are about to be restored to normalcy. Also, the present world leaders are misleaders; they spend no time truly addressing our global problems such as overpopulation, pollution, environmental degradation, rapid loss of biologic species, ongoing ozone depletion, global social and political unrest, and increasing nuclear weapons proliferation. They talk a lot but actually do very little, after all it may ruffle the feathers of some powerful corporation. This planet is being and has been, raped by the wealthy and powerful. Nary a thought is given to putting back what we take out. The sole motivation is to get as much wealth and power as fast as possible. Because of this, when Melchizedek steps in, we will be in the middle of many major problems. But God is not going to let the many good people of the world be destroyed by the strong and powerful. Sovereignty will be taken away from the present leadership elite and given to those who live according to God’s ways:

Revelations 11:15
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet…
Saying, "the power to rule over the
World belongs now to our Lord and His
Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever.

The word Messiah is Christos in Greek. Christ means Messiah. Unfortunately,
Jesus was surnamed for just what he was not. Also notice that "our Lord" and "his Messiah" are two different personages in this verse. "Our Lord" is God and "his Messiah" is God’s chosen representative for our world, Melchizedek. The fact that this is a Messiah of this physical world and that he rules forever – indicates a divine being. This divine being is on a cloud just as before in Daniel:

Revelations 14:14
Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and sitting on
The cloud was what looked
like a human being (one like a son of man/RSV.)
With a
crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

Again, "one like a son of man" is the reaper. Why is there a sickle in his hand? The prophets have asked God for thousands of years over and over; "How long Lord? How long?" meaning how long will the strong trample the weak? How long will the arrogant govern the meek? God’s answer is that everything has a season to grow and yield its full fruit; we then reap what we sow. The sun is made to shine on the good and the evil. Remember the parable when the good man sows good seed, but while he is sleeping, an evil one sows weeds in the same field. And, when the weeds grow up with the good crop, the parable tells us that both good and bad will be allowed to reach harvest together. Then the field will be harvested and the good crop stored away and the weeds bound up and thrown into the fire. This is done because pulling the weeds up early would damage the good as well as the bad. The end of an age is a harvest time when everything is harvested and accounted for. The one on the cloud has a "sickle in his hand" to harvest the crop at the end of the age. This "one like a son of man" is Melchizedek who comes to save the world from itself, give restitution to "God’s people," and begin a new and glorious age of promise. The prophecy, "The meek shall inherit the earth" will finally become reality. Also, remember Jesus’ parable about the good landowner of the vineyard. The landowner leaves his beautiful vineyard in the hands of workmen who ransack his property and ruin his vineyard. The landowner sends his best servants, and then even his very own son to check on its progress. The son they kill, so as to deprive him of his inheritance, and Jesus then looks to the listening audience and asks, "What do you think the landowner will do?" In unison they answer, "he will destroy those men…" (UB.p.l893). This story is not only a parable. It is also a prophecy of Jesus’ (the son in the parable) subsequent death at the hands of the leaders of Jerusalem who are playing the role of the workmen left in charge. Israel is the vineyard and God is the landowner who sends his son Jesus to set right the spiritual affairs of Israel. But Jesus is killed by the very ones causing the trouble in the first place, the workmen left in charge, i.e. the leaders of Israel. But wait! The parable prophecy hasn’t ended yet because God has not yet sent anyone to bring justice to the vineyard workers, i.e. the leaders. The parable will end, when God’s Agent of Justice arrives and sets the affairs of His "vineyard" aright, just as at the ending of the parable. This is exactly the function of the "Messiah" described in Old Testament prophecy. Not only was Jesus aware of his upcoming death, but he also was aware that the complete story would someday end like his parable ended. The word messiah is used only twice in the Bible, both times in Daniel (chp.9) embedded in some passages regarding the seventy weeks prophecy. The word messiah is also used several times in 1Enoch in association with a divine being who brings peace and victory to those who "elect" God’s will during the end of the Age. This Messiah figure in 1Enoch is called the Elect One, the Concealed One, the Mighty One, and God of the World. Notice that the God of the World designation well describes the function of a Planetary Prince/Sovereign. The word messiah means anointed in spirit, and when capitalized, Messiah means the Anointed One over all other anointed ones. Prophets and servants are also anointed ones, lower case. The word "Christ" simply is the Greek translation of the word "Messiah." Essentially, we have named Jesus "Christ" for precisely what he is not, i.e. "Messiah." When Jesus came, people were looking for the World Messiah and mostly missed recognizing the Spiritual Savior. This time around Christians are looking for the Spiritual Savior and alas – the World Messiah comes. Humanity gets it wrong both times. No one can say that we’re not consistent. Now, please consider:

Psalm 2:1 Septuagint
Wherefore do the heathen rage,
and the nations imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth stood up, and
The rulers gathered themselves together,
Against the Lord, and against His Christ;

Messiah/Melchizedek

The Lord here is God and "His Christ" is His Messiah, who He has chosen (anointed), to take charge of the unruly affairs of our world as indicated by reference to ‘the nations,’ ‘the kings of the earth,’ and the ‘rulers.’ This Psalm was written hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born and the word Christ was being used in its generic meaning of Messiah. Going further with this interesting Psalm:

Psalm 2:6
… But I (Christ/Messiah) have been
Made King by Him (God) on Zion His holy
Mountain, declaring the ordinance of the Lord (God):
The Lord (God) said to me, Thou art my Son, today
I have begotten thee. Ask of Me, and I will
Give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and
The ends of the earth for thy possession.

This reminds us of the other Psalm where my Lord (God) tells my Lord (Messiah) that He will make the earth his footstool. God is telling His Son (Melchizedek) that he will put him in charge of our planet and that he (Melchizedek) will dwell in Zion. The heathen are all non-believers, or better, non-knowers of God. And so, since we know Jesus is not the World Messiah; there is only one other divine being, in the lineage of the Sons of God, that this could be, i.e. Melchizedek, who just happens to be revealed as the shortly forthcoming Planetary Prince of Urantia in the Urantia Book. Also recall that 11Q13 of the Dead Sea Scrolls identifies this Messiah figure directly as Melchizedek by replacing the word "Lord" in the original verse with the word Melchizedek in a passage describing the end of The Age This reverses the very error in the Old Testament identified by the Urantia Book i.e. the use of the word "Lord or angel of the Lord" in place of Melchizedek. Thus the Urantia Book corroborates the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Scrolls corroborate the Urantia Book about this issue. "Melchizedek" is back in, "Lord" is out! Thus, scriptural evidence is strongly consistent with Melchizedek as the "Messiah" figure. Could the Prophets of the Old Testament be wrong about its prophecy of a "Messiah?" Since these prophecies about a "Messiah" occupy a large portion of scriptural prophecy, if wrong, then one would expect most of this scripture to also be wrong. But the more one studies this scripture, the more one is impressed with its accuracy, consistency (both internal and across multiple sources), and co-ordination. By co-ordination I mean that different sources fill in different parts of the overall puzzle. The unified interpretation of the entire corpus of Judeo-Christian scripture throughout the ages, will one day be a gleaming monument to God’s omniscient over control. Remarkably, God knows every thought that will pass through our heads during our entire existence. And even more remarkably, He knows it before the universe itself was even yet created. And yet, our free will to choose our own course is operative throughout. We are free to choose and God is free to foreknow our choice. The following poem expresses this seeming paradox well.

Emily Dickinson #910
Experience is that Angled Road
Preferred against the Mind
By-Paradox-the Mind itself –
Presuming it to lead
Quite opposite – How Complicate
The Discipline of Man –
Compelling Him to Choose Himself.
His Pre-appointed Pain

Our minds are always busy making plans for our future experiences (our lives). However, real life experience is always different from what we plan or expect. The mind sets out a smooth plan but life sets before us a bumpy and "angled road" with many detours along the way. These unplanned experiences bring before us those decisions which are necessary for the inner unfolding of the flower of our being. These important choices are both freely "chosen," and "pre-appointed" by God’s plan. They frequently involve the "pain" of letting go the baggage we hold so dear. The weight of the baggage gone, the pain ends and the joy begins. When the scriptural framework for the end of this age starts to be enacted, even in it’s smallest details; God’s "behind the scene" true sovereignty will never be in doubt again.

Messiah/Melchizedek

Zechariah 2:14
For lo, I come; and I will dwell in your
Midst – declares the Lord.
In that day many
Nations will attach themselves to the
Lord
And become His people and He will dwell in
Your midst.
Then you will know that I
Was sent to you by the
Lord of Hosts.

Here the Lord of Hosts is God and the Lord who "dwells in our midst" is Melchizedek. Two Lords, two different divine beings.

Micah 4:11
And he shall judge many people, and
rebuke strong nations afar off; and They shall
beat their swords into plowshares.

Micah 7:16
The nations shall see and be confounded
despite all their might; they shall lay their hand upon
their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

Again, what are they seeing that so confounds the nations? Could it be just an accident that all the world’s peoples are looking simultaneously for their version of the Messiah? Would God only prepare Jews and Christians? Has Melchizedek’s involvement been solely with the Judaic tradition? We learn from John Hogue in his book, Millennium Prophecy, of a very long list of expected Messiah figures all of which are expected to set things aright. Here he states: "Prophecy shares a collective vision of a Second Coming of a Christ figure. All of our soothsayers say his ‘cloud’ is due to land from heaven during our time." (Millennium Prophecy pg. 333). This is what the Kabala (a text of Jewish mysticism) says about the number 21, that is, the 21st Century:

The World Ascension to leadership, Temporal and Spiritual.
Prosperity Cycle in Mundane Affairs. Advancement of Backward
People.
Adept Proper use of talents in arts, science, and commerce.
The power of
Peace. The Hebrew Letter Schin, Planetary Ruler!
The Luminous One, The Sun. (Millennium Prophecy p. 299).

The Kabala information is right on the mark in this quote. We are the backward people who have struggled in darkness, retarded in progress by the absence of benevolent and wise leadership. The "Planetary Ruler" or Sovereign, Melchizedek will establish "peace" and initiate an era of spiritual and material "prosperity." We have discussed the light given off by Melchizedek when he arrives amidst dark clouds overhead. Notice the alternate name given for the Planetary Ruler is The Luminous One, fitting in with the scriptural description nicely. But even more important than the transformation of our leadership is the transformation of we the people from within:

Sri Aurobindo
(1950- ) "O Force-compelled, Fate-driven, Earth-Born race
Bengali Mystic O petty adventurers in an infinite world
And prisoners of a
dwarf humanity,
How long will you tread the circling tracts of mind
Around your
little self and petty things?
But not for a changeless littleness were you meant,
Not for vain repetition were you built
.. Almighty powers are shut in nature’s cells.
A
greater destiny awaits you in your front
… The life you lead
conceals the light you are
(John Hogue,
Millennium Prophecy p. 292)

Sri Aurobindo is a Bengali mystic and visionary, born in Calcutta, India and educated in
England. The petty lives we lead conceal the divine potentials that lie untapped within us.
"The coming spiritual rebellion in human consciousness is one of
the largest collective forecasts in the
minority prophetic vote for
human survival"
(Millennium Prophecy p. 294.)

The future always comes in through the minority. The last battle won, "conventional wisdom" is one step from the scrap heap. We fear and resist change, no matter what its content. Nearly all-conventional wisdom today is wrong! Wrong about science, wrong about politics, wrong about people, wrong about philosophy, wrong about religion and wrong about most anything else we can think of. Our leaders, our intellectuals and our so-called elite will have the same constant refrain right up to the hour when they are removed from their power and prestige. The refrain is "everything is fine, going just as we expected." This is why they are so "confounded" in Micah 7:16 (above) when the World Messiah steps into the fray. It’s time we started thinking for ourselves and stop buying the illusions, which are cast up in front of us by the "leadership class" and the media; one working hand in hand with the other.

There is a Sufi metaphor about identification. Misery doesn’t come
to us; we unconsciously seek it out and hold on to i
t, like flinging our
arms around a pillar. We squeeze tighter and yell, "Oh if I could only
be rid of this misery and pain!"…We
"do" misery we "do" expectation.
Hell is not a place, we "do" it, as American mystic Adi DaSantoshia
once remarked…
We make prophecy work because we are so damned
predictable… We have repeated again and again the behaviors that make
it easy for the seers to prophesy us unto doomsday. (John Hogue,
Millennium Prophecy, Pg. 305).

In other words, we have seen the enemy and it is us. This is why the Urantia Book gives Caligastia (the devil) little credit for the evil around us and places the blame squarely where it belongs – on ourselves. And the silence of "the good people" is deafening as we stand back and watch the destruction of our country and our families. And so it is, in part, ourselves, those "faithful servants" who will be held accountable for the "talents" we have been given to use for increase:

Our spiritual path is not complex, it is quite simple…it is not a
romantic sacrifice to
look at oneself, to be able to celebrate life. Yet,
with this comes a feeling of joy, a sense of being, and a connection
with the Flow of the universe. (Good Horse Nation (1985) Visayan
Medicine Man from John Hogue,
Millennial Prophecy.)

I absolutely believe that no one wants to choose suicide. Up to now
man has been surviving without transformation because there was no
urgency for change. (Osho, 1984,
Millennial Prophecy)

I would disagree with the sentence about suicide. There are some who are so filled with anger and hatred that they repeatedly choose destruction for themselves and those around them. These love to control others and impose their will. Because of their passion to control and to make subservient, they are seekers of power and prestige. Find any place of true power, in any organization, and it is very likely you will find someone with this type of behavior. We haven’t noticed, but such as these are running everything now-a days – our government, our educational institutions, our corporations, our banks and everything else of any consequence regarding wealth and power. Therefore, we are all taking a one-way trip to chaos. But out of chaos comes the burning embers of a new start for human civilization and its transformed peoples. Walt Whitman gives us a glimpse of this personal transformation:

Walt Whitman Song of the Open Road
Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading
wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune,
I myself am good fortune…
Strong and content I travel the open road.
You road I enter upon and look around,
I believe you are not all that is here,
I believe that much unseen is also here…
The Earth expanding right hand and left hand…
O public road…
You express me better than I can express myself,
You shall be more to me than my poem…
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine,
and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger and better than I thought
I did not know I held such goodness…
To know the universe itself as a road,
as many roads, as roads for traveling souls.
All parts away for the progress of souls…
Forever alive, forever forward
Desperate, proud, fond, sick, accepted by men,
rejected by men,
They go! They go! I know that they go,
but I know not where.

But I know that they go toward the best,
toward something great.
Whoever you are, come forth!…
Out of dark confinement!
Out from behind the screen!…
Alons the road is before us!
It is safe – I have tried it – my own feet have tried it well
– be not detained!
(Excerpts Song of the Open Road, Walt Whitman,
Leaves of Grass, 1855)

Now back to the main narrative, Isaiah:

Isaiah 60:9 
Behold, the
coastlands await me,…
To bring your sons from
afar,…
Aliens shall rebuild your (Jerusalem’s) walls,…
Their Kings shall wait on you (Jerusalem) – …
Your gates shall always stay open –
Day and night they shall never be shut – …
And you shall be called "City of the Lord."

Here, "The Lord" tells us of the restoration of Jerusalem, the city where Lord Melchizedek will dwell. Strangers and "aliens" from other countries, including America, will come to live in and rebuild Jerusalem. These re-identified "alien" Israelites (Christians mostly) reunite with their cultural brethren from Judah (the Jews), forming once again one nation under God, the new Israel. And Melchizedek will:

Messiah

Isaiah 60:16
appoint Well-being as the government
Prosperity as the officials
The cry "Violence" will no more be heard in the Land…
No longer shall you need sun
For light by day,
Nor the shining of the moon
For radiance by night…
For the Lord shall be a light to you forever,
And your days of mourning shall be ended.

Melchizedek is able to radiate large amounts of visible light. Less literally, Jesus and the Father remain our spiritual light within. The physical, intellectual and spiritual are thus harmonized and coordinated in triunity. Next we have:

Isaiah 63:1
Who is coming from
Edom,
In crimsoned garments from
Bozrah
Who is this, majestic in attire,
Pressing forward in His great might?
"It is I, who contend victoriously,
Powerful to give triumph."

Isaiah 42:13
The Lord goes forth like a warrior,
Like a fighter He whips up His rage.
He yells, He roars aloud,
He charges upon His enemies.
I have kept silent for too long,
Kept still and restrained Myself;

This is the large-scale equivalent of Jesus’ righteous anger that he exhibited when he turned over the tables of the moneylenders in the temple. Melchizedek and Jesus are angry for the sake of God’s abrogated laws and the oppression of His children. However, Jesus and probably Melchizedek "revile no man," (UB) for personal judgment rests safely with God alone. Melchizedek enters as a warrior. Warriors enter a city on horseback, not riding an ass as Jesus did. Melchizedek comes in power and glory to put out the fires of evil ravaging the world – perhaps the red (crimsoned garments) symbolizes bloodshed. The Hopi Indian Messiah is expected to wear a red cap and cloak. Jesus entered Jerusalem on the foal of an ass; warriors enter a city on horseback, a symbol of power:

Revelations 19:11 
And I saw heaven opened,
And behold a
white horse;
And he that sat on him
Was called
Faithful and True;
And in righteousness he doth
judge and make war

Revelations 19:19
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth,
And their armies, gathered together to make
War on him that sat on the horse and
Against his army.

Revelations 6:2
And I saw, and behold a
white horse;
And he that sat on him had a bow;
And a
crown was given unto him;
And he went forth conquering and to conquer.

White symbolizes cleanliness, righteousness, and holiness. A horse is symbolic of a warrior. The crown symbolizes sovereignty. The one on horseback is Melchizedek, the Faithful and True, Son of God, who rapidly subdues the world’s leaders (kings) that are bringing war to the peoples. Also, remember that Joseph, the chosen (elect) son of Jacob, wore a crown and was a strong archer with a bow. Melchizedek is God’s chosen Son, and just as Joseph, he is given a crown and a bow, as well as sovereignty of our world. This is why 1Enoch calls Melchizedek the Elect One. The crown follows the elect; those who stand up and elect God’s will.

Revelations 11:15
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet,…
And loud voices in heaven, were saying "The
Kingdom of the World has become the Kingdom
Of our Lord (God) and his Christ (Messiah Melchizedek)

Notice carefully that this kingdom is of the world and is not the inner spiritual kingdom of heaven spoken of by Jesus, for he said on many occasions, "my kingdom is not of this world." The Book of Revelation is stated in the Urantia Book to be a much deleted and edited version of John’s original vision, which is stated to have been a profound and far reaching prophecy. It should be noted however that the Urantia Book freely quotes many passages of Revelation and explains their true meanings. Therefore, I use Revelation sparingly and carefully in situations where it adds to or expands the meaning of Old Testament prophesy, already previously developed. Scripture is an organic whole, like a growing tree with many branchings off the main trunk. Here are a few samples of Urantia Book quotes regarding Revelation.

UB  599
It was at the conclusion of the terminal mission of the Teacher
Sons (at least that would be the chronology on a
normal world)
that John wrote: "I saw a new heaven, a new earth and the new
Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as
a princess adorned for the prince."

The comment in the Urantia Book regarding this new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem leaves open the possibility of this event occurring on our world at any time, even the upcoming time of our presently ending age as our world is out of the usual order. Consider:

UB  599 The Trinity Teacher Sons may return many times to the
same world. But sooner or later, in connection with the
termination of one of their missions, the
Planetary Prince is
elevated to the position of Planetary Sovereign, and the
System Sovereign appears to proclaim the entrance of
such a world upon the era of light and life.

Do we dare speculate that since Melchizedek is described in scripture as receiving sovereignty (crown) as our Planetary Prince that our world may also enter the era of light and life at the end of this age, when Melchizedek is elevated to the position of Planetary Sovereign. One more example of the use of Revelation in the UB:

UB  538
John the Revelator saw a vision of the arrival of a class of
advancing mortals from the seventh mansion world to their
first heaven, the glories of Jerusem. He recorded; "And I saw
as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire; and those who gained
the victory over
the beast that was originally in them, and over
the image that persisted through the mansion worlds and finally
over the last mark and trace, standing on the sea of glass, having
the harps of God, and singing the song of deliverance from mortal
fear and death."

UB  538
…on the seventh mansion world. Here you will be purged of all
the remnants of unfortunate heredity, unwholesome environment,
and unspiritual planetary tendencies. The last remnants of the ‘mark
of the beast’ are here eradicated.

Notice, that the Urantia Book adds quite a bit of information to the actual passage in scripture:

Revelations 15:2
And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire,
and those who had conquered the beast in its image and the number
of his name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

In the UB passage the "mark of the Beast" refers to the animalistic, biologic, and environmentally induced imperfections within man as opposed to the external "mark of the beast" suggested by the actual text of "Revelation". There are over a hundred places in the Urantia Book where imagery from Revelation is discussed, as listed in Duane Faw’s Paramony of the Urantia Book and the Bible. Perhaps some of the original meanings of John’s vision could be reconstructed by using the information provided in the Urantia Book. Now to Isaiah once more:

Isaiah 65:1
I (the Lord) responded to those who did not ask,
I was at hand to those who did not seek Me;
I said, "Here I am, here I am,"
To a nation that did not invoke My name.
I constantly held out My hands
To a disloyal people,
Who walk in the way that is not good,
Following their own designs.

Here, the Lord Melchizedek explains why he departed from his dwelling place in ancient Zion. He tried everything possible to get the people to listen, but they persistently turned away from Him to choose their own way.

Isaiah 65:8
As when new wine is present in the cluster,
One says, "Don’t destroy it; there’s good in it."
So will I do for My servants,
My chosen ones shall take possession,
My servants shall dwell thereon.

And so, the Lord preserves his "servants" who are mindful of him and will give them the land to dwell on. What’s more His "chosen ones" are given actual possession of the earth. This means that when the present world leadership is removed that sovereignty will pass to Melchizedek and Melchizedek will give it to "his chosen ones," elsewhere called the elect. The elect are those who understand, elect, and do God’s will. Consider:

Those Who Elect God’s Will

1Enoch 1:1
(This is) The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the
righteous who are to exist in the
time of trouble;…

1Enoch 1:2
that which will not take place in this generation; but in a generation, which is to
succeed at a
distant period, on account of the elect.

Matthew 24:22
And
except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the
elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Isaiah 65
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy
name:
I have surnamed thee, though thou has not known me.

Isaiah 43:1
Fear not, for I will redeem you,
I have singled you out by name,
You are mine.
When you pass through water,
I will be with you;
Through streams,
Thy shall not overwhelm you
When you walk through fire
You shall not be scorched…
Because you are precious to Me
And honored, and
I love you.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon formed against you
Shall succeed…
Such is the lot of the servants of the Lord,
Such their triumph through Me.

From 1Enoch we see that this people who love God, i.e. the "elect," is a group that exists during the trial period, that "distant period" of time referred to by 1Enoch at the end of the age. Also, we notice, that God’s entire plan for salvation during this period is enacted for the sake of those people who love God and live according to His Will; those who elect Him. Matthew confirms 1Enoch, or derives from 1Enoch, this same sentiment. Isaiah gives clues to the identify of the elect and emphasizes the divine protection and support they will receive in their attempts to stand up to the evils of "those days," through which those people will be further refined and "made white" in the fires of adversity. Further:

1Enoch 104:10
To the righteous and wise
shall be given books of joy, of integrity,
and of great wisdom. To them shall books be given, in which they shall believe;

104:11
And in which they shall rejoice. And all the righteous will be
rewarded, who from these (books) shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.

104A:1
In those days, saith the Lord, they (the elect)
shall call to the
children of the earth and make them listen to their wisdo
m.
Show them that you are their leaders…Rejoice, children of integrity, in the truth.

Rejoice indeed. It would appear that through some remarkable books, a certain group or groups of people will be brought into a whole knowledge of "every upright path." These people become leaders in teaching other people, the "children of the earth," the ways of truth. Perhaps this teaching may relate to other scriptural statements that "before the end (of the age) the gospel of the kingdom of heaven will be proclaimed to all the world." Notice that this gospel is about the kingdom of heaven, the true gospel of Jesus. Now, all we need to do is find those people who have been taught, by books, about this mysterious subject, the kingdom of heaven, and wake them up to their task ahead. Lets turn now to see what the Dead Sea Scrolls have to say about the elect.

DSC 4Q174
Why do the peoples rage and the peoples meditate vanity? Why
do the kings of the earth rise up, and the princes take council together
against the Lord and his Messiah’ (Psalms 2:1).

Interpreted, this saying concerns the kings of nations who shall
rage up against the elect of Israel in the last day
s. (Interpretation by the
Teacher of Righteousness, leader of the Qumran community)

4Q174
‘But the wicked shall do wickedly and shall not understand,
but the righteous shall purify themselves and make themselves
white (Daniel 12: 10)’ ...
the people who know God shall be strong.
They are the masters who understand…(Interpretation by Teacher
of Righteousness; dotted lines represent missing original text)

Notice here that the Teacher of Righteousness is interpreting Psalm 2 and Daniel 12:10 in the same vein as we have been. He identifies an elect group, who is standing up against the world and the powers to be ("peoples" and "Kings of the nations" rage). The Teacher of Righteousness also recognizes the unique understanding that these people will possess, they know God in their hearts and understand His Kingdom of Heaven within. Scripture is reinforcing and repeating important information. Information so reinforced, is very likely to be accurate judging from past performances. Also note that the elect are ‘of Israel’ which have previously been identified as Christians, many of whom are living in the Chief of Nations during the latter days. More on the identity of the elect will be presented later in this book. Now, we return again to Isaiah where the Lord says:

Restoration

Isaiah 65:17
Behold! I am creating
A new heaven and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered,
They shall never come to mind.
Be glad then and rejoice forever…
Never again shall be heard there
The sounds of weeping and wailing…
He who dies a hundred years
Shall be reckoned a youth…
They shall plant vineyards and enjoy their fruit…
For the days of My people shall be
As long as the days of a tree,…
They shall not bear children for terror,
But they shall be a people blessed by the Lord.
Before they pray I will answer Them;
While they are still speaking, I will respond.
The wolf and lamb shall graze together…
In all My sacred mount…

Isaiah 65:25
Nothing evil or vile shall be done – said the Lord

I read these lines literally, for it is an easy thing for God to extend life spans, create a new heaven and a new earth, and make the wolf graze with the lamb. Just perhaps, these dramatic changes will come with Melchizedek’s sovereignty and the possibility of an accelerated entrance in to the age of light and life. Continuing:

Yet to such I look:
To the poor and brokenhearted,
Who are concerned about My word.

Those marginalized under the sovereignty of man will not be forgotten, they will be lifted up – the ‘meek’ inheritors of a new earth under a new sovereignty. Now consider:

UB  622
…when the "holy temple comes down upon earth." (Book of Revelation)
This event signalizing the dawn of the era of light and life, is alwayshonored by the
personal presence of the Paradise Bestowal Son of
that planet…this Bestowal Son proclaims the long-time Planetary
Prince as the new Planetary Sovereign
and invests such a faithful
Lanondeck Son with new powers and extended authority over planetary affairs.

Should we then expect Jesus to be present when Melchizedek is made Planetary Sovereign, which is stated to be soon forthcoming by the Urantia Book? When might this occur? The System Sovereign will also be present. Will any of this be visible? We also know that the Ancient of Days will be present at the end of the age, as his presence is required whenever personality extinction takes place (Caligastia). Quite a group of personalities on this "forsaken" world, I would say.

UB  820
The pouring out of the Spirit of Truth provides the Spiritual
Foundation for the realization of great achievements…Urantia is
therefore
far better prepared (than the world discussed in the Urantia Book
chapter:
Government on a Neighboring Planet) for the more immediate
realization of a planetary governmen
t…(and) to the establishment
of world peace under law that could lead to the dawning of a real
age of spiritual striving; and such an age is the planetary threshold
to the utopian ages of light and life.

In any event the oncoming age will certainly be:

UB 1863
The advance toward the dawn of a new social order in connection
with improved spiritual living – the next age of man.

Finishing Isaiah, the Lord says:

Isaiah 66:14
You shall see and your heart shall rejoice,
Your limbs will flourish like the grass.
The power of the Lord shall be revealed
In behalf of His servants.

Isaiah 66:18 
The time has come to gather all nations and tongues; they
shall come and behold My glory. I will set a sign among them
and send from them survivors to the nations: to Tarsish, Pul, and
Lud – that draw the bow – to Tubal, Javan, and the
distant
coastlands, that have never heard My fame or beheld My glor
y.

Only the Jews, know the "fame" of Melchizedek, who is known to them as "the Lord" of the Old Testament. The "distant coastlands," the United States among others, do not yet know "the Lord" Melchizedek of the Old Testament, but rather are more familiar with "the Lord" Jesus of the New Testament.

In this passage, Isaiah 66:18, Melchizedek is speaking (as indicated by the context: i.e. the gathering of nations, and the glory that can be beheld.) Neither of these is appropriate in reference to God Himself. But God Himself does close this book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 66:33 KJV
For as the new heaven and the new earth
Which I will make
Shall endure by My will
- declares the Lord
So shall your seed and your name endure.
And it shall come to pass,
That from one new moon to another,
And one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me
-saith the Lord

This verse tells us that some radical event will occur, such that all flesh shall come to worship God, within the short period of time between one new moon to the next (one month). This sudden event is the arrival of Melchizedek on the scene.

This ends our tour through Isaiah. Next in chronological order is Micah.

Micah

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand