At the beginning of Isaiah Chapter 51, the prophet calls three times Hearken to me. The threefold repetition reveals that he brings a word from on high. These are not my thoughts, my instructions, but those of Almighty God, he is saying.
1 ¶ Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
4 ¶ Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
Thus Isaiah sets out the call to hear the Word of the Lord.

-First we have the call to hear addressed to those that follow Righteousness, pointing them to the picture of Abraham and Sarah, and revealing that The Lord brings Comfort and Joy.
-Secondly, we have the call to hear addressed to the Lord's People, illustrated by the picture of Heavens and Earth, and revealing that The Lord is Salvation and Righteousness.
-Finally, we have the call to hear addressed to those that know righteousness, showing that the corruption of moth and worm shall not touch them and that The Lord's Righteousness and Salvation are everlasting.
Thus Isaiah is speaking to all of the Lord's people, whatever their revelation of Him, whether it be – using our present day terminology – Born again, Charismatic or Third Feast. The detail does not matter, The Lord speaks to all where they are.

Next we see that three times there is the trumpet call to awaken:
9 ¶ Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
17 ¶ Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.
1 ¶ Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
-The first is a call to those who have been strong in The Lord,  (put on strength, you have been called, you are the planting of The Lord and must now seek your election to a higher place ).
-The second is a call to Jerusalem, his Church on the earth; His holy people, (stand up, rise up; come up higher to the fullness, and make your calling and election sure).
-The third is a call to Zion, his Church in the heavenly realms; His perfected church, (put on thy strength; show the strength of The Lord that fills you and makes you pure and holy).

This call to awaken is addressed to the same three groups (as mentioned in verses 1, 4 and 7) of The Lord's people and each in its turn is shown comfort by Jehovah. Again we see that The Lord excludes no part of His people from the comfort and salvation that He brings. His word is all-inclusive, and it is beholden to each saint to hear His word and answer the call to come up higher, indeed to the highest calling in our walk with Him.
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
We are to understand from this that we are His people; the righteous; the planting of the Lord, and we shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away because of His presence, if we choose to live there.
22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
This we are to see that He has removed all cause for fear from us. We must fear only him, by which is meant the reverence and respect due to almighty God.

ISAIAH 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
GENESIS 26:24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
All the indicators are set in place – the call to hear; the call to awaken, be alert – the call sent out to all the people of God. What is that call for? What is the purpose?
ISAIAH 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Shake off the old life, the ties that bind you to the earth. You are captive to a life that causes a divide between you and Almighty God.
3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
What a wonderful awe-inspiring statement of salvation and redemption. The Lord of All will make sure that His people know His name! His name. We all know His name, surely?

In the Bible there is something which is revealed again and again. I discovered this when studying the rebuilding of the gates of Jerusalem in Ezra and Nehemiah. An understanding of the meaning of the names of those employed in that great work is crucial to an understanding of what The Lord has intended in His plan for His people.
It is there throughout the whole Bible, and of course, those who could read it in its original language – the priests and kings, who also we now are as so created by our Lord, Jesus Christ – would know without thinking about it – that the name reveals a nature, a type, a truth.
When we see and understand the Lord's nature, we can then appreciate in its fullness...7 ¶ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Thy God reigns!

Then comes an extolling of praise unto our God; a beautiful song of praise, in the manner in which Isaiah seems to excel:
8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward. {be…: Heb. gather you up }
The Lord will cover us before and behind. We need not fear because He is there, we need only to throw in our all with Him and walk in His ways to be lifted to the heavenlies and made perfect, made pure, made holy in that very instant, in the twinkling of an eye, for He is The Lord that heals, that protects, that saves, that comforts and brings peace and rest. He is the name above all names...
He is the everlasting saviour, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He is the son that sits on the right hand of God and is our all in all.
He is the Seed of the Woman; Born of a Virgin; of the Family of Shem; of the race of the Hebrews; of the line of Isaac; of Jacob and Israel; of the tribe of Judah; of the House of David.
He is also The Son of God; The Son of Man; The Holy One of Israel; The Saint of Saints; The Just One; the Righteous One; The Wisdom of God; The Oracle of God; The Word; Our Redeemer and Saviour; The root and offspring of David and the bright and Morning star; The Lamb of God; The Mediator, Intercessor and Advocate; Shiloh, the apostle; The Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley; The High Priest; The Prophet; Our Captain, Chief and Leader; Teacher; The Lord of Hosts; The God of Israel; The Messiah; The Christ.
… to name but a few. And he is each of these, all of these to us all.

So let us now pause and consider and remember. We praise and worship our Lord, and we must never forget that He is also our inspiration.
It is the inspiration of the call to hearken and awake. To be overcomers in the service of our God. So here are three exhortations from the book of Revelation to us as overcomers:
REVELATION 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

REVELATION 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it.

REVELATION 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
These are amazing promises. But to be in that place we must …
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproachof men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.…and then …
1 ¶ Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city:
… which city we are if we are found in Christ.


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