"When the Enemy Come In"
Isaiah 59: 19
April 25, 1998
Song: "The Battle Belongs to the LORD"
- "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men
rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was
kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone
over our soul" (Psalm 124:2-4).
Ridley Havergal has reminded:
"God has not promised
Skies always blue,
All our life
Todays passage gives us hope in such times...
A. Capture the context: ch. 58:14 "Then you shall
delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high ills of
the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of
the LORD has spoken."
They were promised victory they had not seen...
1. The reason for failure here is not on Gods side
2. The reason is moral failure on Israels side (59:2-15)
3. The only way of salvation left was from to God (59:16-19)
Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob"
"When the enemy comes in like a flood..." "The Battle Belongs to
5. The New Covenant is promised (59:21 read
B. The Text: In the middle of the promised salvation,
an interesting statement if made, "When the enemy comes in like a flood, The
Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him." This is where we will
spend our time in meditation on the Word this morning.
C. The prophetic
has multiple applications in time. Ultimately this will be fulfilled in
Rev. 12: 15 when after the world has experienced the worse that Satan can do,
"The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD and of His
Christ and He shall reign forever and ever."
D. We hear in the news the
"Holy War" declarations of the Musilims, but there is a war declared in the
Heavens against sin since the time of Satans rebellion.
I. The Holy War
A. The struggle within
1. The enemy: Satan, Devil, the Accuser of the
Brethren, the who can destroy a soul: Matt 10: 28 "And fear not them which kill
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able
to destroy both soul and body in hell."
2. The flood: sudden,
destructive, overwhelming, watery grave... i.e. our total inability to stand
against the onslaught... cant swim against, stand against nor hold it
a. You know that feeling when the flood comes in: feeling
of loose, powerlessness, wandering about the future
b. Job the classic
c. This happens sometimes within us: Satan battling for our
3. The Spirit:
a. The one who cries within us Abba Father, who makes us
alive, speaks to us about Jesus, teaches us all things, one the disciples were
commanded to wait for...
b. The Spirit of the LORD: (Yahweh)
4. Some examples of Satans attacks:
a. When overwhelmed with guilt... "God cant love
b. When overwhelmed with doubt... "God only answers the prayer of
c. When overwhelmed by loss... "God has forgotten
B. The struggle with the outside
1. The early Christians: began with the persecution
led by Saul of Tarsus... but the Spirit of the LORD raised up a standard and
Saul was saved
2. The reformers were persecuted and killed, but the
Spirit of the Lord raised up a standard and the Word of God and coverts
3. 19 century England: 6 students were expelled from
Oxford for praying. Christianity seemed as though its light would be
extinguished... but the Spirit of the Lord raised up a standard and the six
began to preach in the open air...
4. Persecution of Believers in
5. Today more Christians are being killed than at any time
in the history of the world. Even after the world has experienced Satans
best shots and it seems that all is lost, Rev. 12:15 tells us that "the
kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD and of His Christ
and He shall reign forever and ever." How will this happen? One word from the
mouth of Jesus (Rev. 19).
6. This is a constantly repeating theme:
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." (Rom. 5:20)
7. Isaiah 9:
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell
in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Battle Belongs to the LORD"
II. The Standard
A. "Standard" literally means: to flit or vanish away,
means to chase or deliver or to lift up a standard
B. Standards of
battle: Banners with the names of their God, Created to cause fear in the
hearts of the enemy..
1. The picture here is of large flowing banners that
cause fear in the hearts of the attackers
2. This is used as a metaphor
for armed resistance
3. The context here teaches us that their is
nothing we can do ourselves but His hand is not shortened that He cannot save
but it was our sins that have separated us from God. In the day of deliverance,
it is Gods work that saves us(16-17)
4. The only thing they do is
reverence the Name of the Lord and His glory (the same thing):
where do you put your trust?
C. The Standard of God
1. His Name, His character, and His own work
Son... in the midst of a flood, what is it that fights against the enemy, the
nature of Jesus within us. It is His concern to fight and ours to follow the
standard bearer (Jesus) and keep our eyes on the standard
- Note in verse 16: no man is found to help us
- In verse 17 God Himself stands up: "For he put on
righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and
he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a
"The Battle Belongs to the LORD"
- He will judge His enemies verse 18 (which are ours,
- The Redeemer comes to those who turn from transgression
- He establishes a New Covenant with His people: His Spirit
is upon them and His Words are on their lips.