The Essential Meaning of the Book of Isaiah
The book of Isaiah is partly about Judah and Jerusalem in the days of certain kings of Judah, and it is partly about other historical people and places, like Egypt, Syria, Ethiopia, Persia, Arabia, the ancient city of Babylon, etc.
However, the book of Isaiah is also about the modern son of man, the suffering servant of God, who fulfills both Jewish and Christian prophecy. It's about his time and these times — and much of what Isaiah wrote that is the ancient past is also relevant today.
Ultimately, Isaiah foretells the time when judgment comes to the nation of Israel and the world, when humanity learns the truth, abides by the will of God, makes peace, and turns "swords into plowshares." However, Isaiah tells what happens before that can happen. He describes the terrible things that happen when Man makes war with himself, with his God, and with his fellow man. And he describes the dilemma of the servant-messenger of God who delivers his work and judgment before him, but is reject so long that he fears all his work has been in vain and for naught.
Isaiah therefore rebukes sinful and corrupt people who worship idols, whose leaders indulge in self-interest, take bribes and associate with thieves, and care not about the orphans, widows or the poor. And Isaiah says that the Lord will purge Jerusalem not only with the spirit of destruction, but with the spirit of judgment.
Isaiah says woe to them that cannot take the heat; woe to them that accuse the Lord of delaying the judgment (because it's been delivered but ignored); and woe to them that take bribes from the wicked for reward, even in Jerusalem.
Fortunately, Isaiah tells us that the Lord our God will "lift up an ensign or standard from afar," which is the judgment from "the root of Jesse" and the "House of Jacob," which shall "take root." And even though many shall "fear the name of the Lord from the West" (from afar, whence the judgment comes), the proud and militant in the nation of Israel and in the other warring nations will ignore and reject it and blame all the death and destruction on their enemies.
But, a time of awakening will come when the message and judgment from the Spirit of truth delivered by the modern son of man is recognized by enough people – a time when the anger and violence is sharply reduced and begins to come to an end. For the son of man trusts and fears no more, knowing that the Lord God is his strength and salvation; when the "arm of the Lord" (the modern son of man) shall be heard and acknowledged, and his mission fulfilled.
Why the Christian Scribes Got Certain Things Wrong
What you have read so far is clear evidence that Christian scribes did get certain things wrong, and the article About Christianity discusses it throrughly. For even though the Christian epistles and books of the New Testament canon contain much truth, they also contain fabrications, falsifications and false doctrine.
Much of what we now read may accurately reflects what was originally written, but we should realize that the Christian epistles and gospels were written by the early Christians at various times between about 20 and 95 years after Jesus died. There is no evidence of any Christian writings produced before the year 50 C.E.
During the first two decades they told the stories about Jesus mainly by word of mouth, but when Saul of Tarsus (Paul) converted he and then some other scholars among them spent much of their time intently poring through the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Torah and Tanakh ("Old Testament"), searching for proof that Jesus fulfilled Judaic prophecies — or would when he "came again." However, because they had to try to find Hebrew prophecies that would support the story they had developed, they made mistakes and they got certain things wrong.
One example of flaws in Paul's theology of Christian Apologetics is revealed in the article on The Virgin Birth Story, which explains why Jesus was Joseph’s natural, biological son, and that the child Immanuel spoken of in Isaiah 7:14 was not born of a virgin and lived and died long before Jesus was born.
Similarly, the articles on The Martyrdom of Jesus, The Resurrection Story, andProphecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them, also refute erroneous claims and myths about Jesus.
Ironically, even though the modern son of man must refute myths and the doctrines of men, he does glorify the Christ in heaven for what he is, as the Ancient One or "Ancient of Days" who was "before Abraham" and is the Alpha and Omega, the original Oversoul who was, is and shall always be in heaven with God.
However, the modern son of man also glorifies the historical man, Jesus of Nazareth, for as other articles explain, Jesus was not merely a Jewish Mashiach (Messiah), he was also a Bodhisattva in the Buddhist tradition, and he was also an Avatar in the Hindu tradition, recognizing his oneness with God.
Atheists and agnostics who reject Christianity out of hand may change their mind when they learn the truth, because the truth should satisfy them. And the truth will reconcile Christianity with Judaism, and with all other religions.
The Modern Son of Man
Now at the end of the passing age, the mission of the modern son of man is far different, and he fulfills the Judaic prophecies that Jesus did not.
He fulfills all genuine prophecies, but fulfilling both Christian and Judaic prophecies the modern son of man is from your midst, and was called and anointed by the Lord God at age 30 in 1971, unbeknownst to the clergy of any religion.
As if by fortuitous accident, when he least expected it, he realized the nature of divine, universal love, and he was blessed with the opening of the seven seals of revelation and the seven chakras, whereupon he was carried away in spirit to that high and holy "mountain" where God inhabits eternity. But God made sure that he saw no thing and no one, and heard no voice. God wanted the son of man to see only the Divine Light which is brighter than the sun, and feel and absorb the ecstatic love of God, and the all-knowingness of God. And many years later the son of man understood why the Infinite and True Nature of God was revealed to him in that way, so that he would not associate God with any particular person or religion.
He had no idea what he was called for. He only knew he had actually witnessed the real God, and four years later he got the idea that he had been called to be a great leader. So he announced his candidacy for the office of U.S. President. But it was only a token effort, even though he didn't know why. There was one television interview in his home town to announce his candidacy, and, as it turned out, he hitchhiked across the nation to New Hampshire to make only one appearance. He sang one song for the congregation of a Unitarian Universalist Church.
That was three years before he was able to write his own songs, so he sang a song by Shawn Phillips, titled All the Kings and Castles, the first verse of which states: "If all the kings and castles in the world are becoming one, we’ll ride in the light of God’s desire, and live in the house of none. And see with the eyes of total love, and live in the heart of everyone in love."
As The Story of the Modern Son of Man reveals, he then wandered as an ascetic on foot until at age 36 in July 1977 when he was stricken and afflicted by his first disease. Since then, some have found him not easy to look at, because his legs were paralyzed and became withered by that disease, and he is confined to a wheelchair.
He did not know at the time that this fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah. He did not know anything about prophecies when that first disease struck him, and by then he had been as a wandering ascetic for almost two years. The first symptom of the disease was as he was walking on foot and his left heel would not lift off the ground as he was walking. And that night, as he was sleeping beside a river, the disease struck his body with terrible agony, leaving his whole body below the chest paralyzed at first. (Not long afterward, his internal systems regained function, and gradually, as the months passed, he was able to move his right foot, and very slightly move his right leg. But his left leg and most of his right leg remained paralyzed.)
Regarding why he was stricken and afflicted, this must be seen in the light of Isaiah Chapter 57, which reveals that the son of man has been "stricken and afflicted" not only for the iniquity of his people, but also "for the iniquity of his own covetousness and willfulness." Thus he becomes of "a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." But it took the son of man many years to fully understand what they meant, and, being very willful, he did not become fully contrite until 2011 after he turned 70 years of age.
He also finally realized what Isaiah Chapter 57 means, which also explains that the modern son of man takes refuge in God because he has inherited God’s holy "mountain, Zion," which is not a material place or thing (as is explained in the article Where Is Zion?) And it also explains how he takes the "stumbling block" (conflicting false doctrines and myths) out of the way of the people.
Being a hard-headed, slow learner, even though the modern son of man was called and anointed by God in 1971, it was not until early 1979 that he even began to learn of his mission from God as prophesied in the Tanakh (Old Testament). And that was because in January 1979 he received a glorious miracle sign from God, and at the same time received some astonishing divine guidance, highlighting and showing him specific sentences in the Bible that revealed that the son of man would first suffer many things and be stricken and afflicted (unlike Jesus who suffered only on the last day of his life, after he completed his mission, and was not stricken or afflicted).
In late 1979, having left his home state and gone into exile and into a new life, he badly wrenched and bruised his left heel when he fell getting out of his wheelchair to negotiate about ten stairs going down from a porch to the ground. (He usually did that by getting out of his chair and lower himself down the stairs with one hand while lowering the wheelchair down in front of him with the other hand. But he lost his balance and fell, and his left foot got caught and was badly wrenched and bruised, turned black and blue and got very swollen, and it took a very long time to heal.)
During the next two decades he learned much more. But he also wrestled with horrible fear and doubt, and he went through many times when he simply ignored or denied that he was actually the prophesied son of man. At the very least he suspected that he was not. How could he be? He knew he was no saint, and it took very many years for him to learn and to fully realize what he needed to know about why he should be, and would be, contrite of spirit. (And eventually he learned the value of fears and doubts, and learned to cope and deal with them appropriately.)
Nevertheless, because of the miracles in 1979 and from subsequent study, he did know, deep in his heart, that he must deliver the promised judgment. So, in the 1980s, prompted and provoked by the rise of the Reaganites and the theocratic "Christian Right" in America, the son of man began seriously learning, researching and writing, and in 1990 began trying to deliver the promised message of judgment to send his work before him (per Jeremiah 33:15-17, Isaiah 49:2-5, Isaiah 62:11-12, Malachi 3:1-7, John 8:28, John 12:47-48, John 16:7-15, and Revelation 19:10.
Of course, as Jesus said per Luke 17:22-25, the son of man would "be first rejected by his generation." That rejection is for many reason, not merely because he exposes and rebukes Reaganites. It's also because many people now suspect anything about religion, since hypocrites and bigots have given religion such a bad name.
Many people also suspect him of wanting personal power, even though his mission is to show you how and why the meek shall inherit the earth and share the throne and our divine inheritance. But that is because no one is aware of how prophecy has been, is being, and will be fulfilled. And per Isaiah 49:4, he would become full of doubt and "fear his work was in vain and for nought." And that has certainly been the case for the last 25 years, and still is.
However, while he was rejected because his message did not fit traditional expectations, he was probably rejected mainly because he exposed and rebuked the Reaganites who claimed to be Christians, because he knew how the impact of their policies effected the rights of workers, the working poor, the poor and the elderly, and he knew how all their bible-thumping, flag waving and sword rattling were seen by the rest of the world. He knew that while the Reaganites and even most other Americans rejoiced that Reagan "restored pride to the nation," they were following a misguided, albeit charming, demagogue.
Unfortunately, the son of man did not yet realize that anger is not only self-defeating, but also self-destructive. And in late 1989 the modern son of man was stricken for the first time with his second disease, of the heart, and he had his first angioplasty surgery.
In 1990 he learned how to operate a personal computer and began to compile his writing and produce his first publishable manuscript. During that decade he worked on refining it and sending copies of it to many literary agents and publishers, and he also wrote and delivered many articles to magazines and to certain individuals and groups. But he was rejected.
By 1997 he had undergone two more angioplasty surgeries and a septuple open heart bypass surgery, and following that he suffered heart failure (enlarged heart, which weakens the heart and causes the valves to work far less efficiently), and he also had to have his gall bladder removed.
In 1997 it also become apparent that he had also been stricken by arthritis in his thumbs (and later his fingers and wrists) and bursitis in his shoulders (and those diseases have gradually and increasingly worsened since then). Then he was further afflicted by many other diseases and other maladies.
In January 2002 he was finally able to self-publish his first book and his first web site on the Internet (realprophecyunveiled.netfirms.com), and he did what he could to make people aware of them while writing under a pen name to remain "hidden in the shadow of God’s hand," as Isaiah put it.
In February 2002 he published his second book, in 2003 his third, 2004 his fourth, and 2006 his fifth. He also published highlights of the message on a better web site (reformationcomingsoon.bravehost.com), but finally shut that down on December 21, 2010. That is why this site (messenger.cjcmp.org) now contains slightly revised highlights of the message he has delivered.
Many thousands of different people all over the world have become aware of the message by now, and it has been discussed on many different Internet discussion forums for the last ten years.
As the prophet Isaiah foretold, before the whole world is aware of the witness and servant of God who is the prophesied son of man who fulfills prophecies, he will not only have sent his work before him as a messenger, he also sings new songs and made them available to hear in 2009 while he could still sing (since he is dying from congestive heart failure).
The Legacy of the Modern Son of Man
Verses 9 through 12 of Isaiah Chapter 53 are not confusing when you realize what the Isaiah meant by saying the following: "9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the Lord might prosper by his hand: 11 Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty; because he bared his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession [pleading] for the transgressors."
When the modern son of man dies his "grave" will be no different than the graves of the wicked. We don’t know whether there will be a tomb, but if there is it will probably be much like a tomb of a rich person.
However, he knows it did not really "please" God to crush him with disease, or cause him to be stricken and afflicted with disease. But he knows that the son of man, like all men, reaped what he sowed, and his plight is as much the karmic consequences of his own vain folly as it is for the iniquities of his people.
The son of man readily offers his soul for restitution, and, if it is God’s will that his days are prolonged even further and he sees the fruition and rewards of his work, then he will thank God and be eternally grateful.
Meanwhile, he continues to learn, and strives to do God’s will. He has tried his best to intercede, pleading with the transgressors and the hypocrites, but holding his tongue and delivering his work before him, remaining "hidden" according to Isaiah 49:2.
He realizes what Isaiah meant by the son of man’s "grave being with the wicked" and his being "numbered with the transgressors." He understands why Jesus said he had come "not to bring peace, but division," and as the modern son of man he understands that his role delivering the judgment is a transgression.
Thus he represents the negative (albeit tempered) side of Man, as well as the positive side. But his mission and role as the the "bridegroom" is to be the vehicle for the "marriage" or union of opposites (symbolized by the two Piscean fish, the Yin and the Yang, and the Star of David), the male (authoritative) and female (nurturing) aspects of God and Creation. That’s what Isaiah meant when he wrote, "As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you." And, in a sense, it reconciles opposing forces (which is what his song, It Takes Two, is about).
Those are the facts of the matter. And the son of man will continue to suffer, as a man of pain, well acquainted with sorrow and grief, until Israel and all others who claim to be fighting a "holy war" recognize their error and iniquity, confess, repent, make amends, and make peace.
The legacy of the modern son of man will be that humanity will, in due time known only by God, do that.
* Footnote Regarding the Masoretic Text:
Orthodox, Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christians regard the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) as a falsified Jewish attempt to discredit Christian claims about Jesus. They claim that it does not represent the original Hebrew Tanakh or its Greek translation, the Septuagint, which first century Christians were familiar with and is regarded as divinely inspired by many Christians today.
Granted, the Greek Septuagint incorporates several ancient translations of the Hebrew Bible of Tanakh into Greek, and it was even regarded with respect by first century Jewish historians like Philo and Josephus. The first century writers of the epistles and books of the official canon compiled as the New Testament quoted the Greek Septuagint as if it were the accurate "Word of God" as told to the Israelite prophets and scribes.
Like the group of early Christians who were the authors of the epistles and books that made it into the official Christian canon, modern Orthodox, Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christians today depend heavily on the Greek Septuagint to make their case that Christianity is the ultimate official religion authorized by God "Himself" as the fulfillment of prophecies. And they insist that it justifies everything that was stated in the Nicene Creed in the fourth century.
However, the Masoretic Text is regarded by most modern scholars as the authoritative Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible, and it is almost universally accepted as the official version of the Tanakh.
As Wikipedia states, the Masoretic Text defines not just the books of the Jewish canon, but also the precise letter-text of the biblical books in Judaism, as well as their vocalization and accentuation.
In modern times the Dead Sea Scrolls have shown the Masoretic Text to be nearly identical to some texts of the Tanakh dating from 200 BCE but different from others. Though the consonants differ little from the text generally accepted in the early 2nd century (and also differ little from some Qumran texts that are even older), it has numerous differences of both greater and lesser significance when compared to (extant 4th century) manuscripts of the Greek Septuagint.
In reference to the Masoretic Text the word mesorah has a very specific meaning: the diacritic markings of the text of the Hebrew Bible and concise marginal notes in manuscripts (and later printings) of the Hebrew Bible which note textual details, usually about the precise spelling of words. And that’s what the scholars on Wikipedia have written.
However, even if all that were not true, and even if we ignore the Masoretic Text and go by the Greek Septuagint, the fact is that Isaiah Chapter 53 is not about Jesus, because he was not stricken and afflicted, especially not with disease. He was not despised and rejected of men, but was accepted by multitudes of Jews and Greeks in his generation. And his life was not prolonged, but cut short at age 33, whereas the modern son of man turned 72 in March 2013.