Isa 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
Isa 65:15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
Isa 65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
Here the different states of the godly and wicked, of the Jews that believed and of those that still persisted in unbelief, are set the one over - against the other, as life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse.
I. Here is the fearful doom of those that persisted in their idolatry after the deliverance out of Babylon, and in infidelity after the preaching of the gospel of Christ.
my chosen — the elect Church, gathered from Jews and Gentiles, called by “another name,” Christians (Act_11:26). However (see on Isa_65:13), as “My chosen,” or “elect,” in Isa_65:9, refers to the “seed of Jacob,” the believing Jews, hereafter about to possess their land (Isa_65:19, Isa_65:22), are ultimately meant by “My chosen,” as contrasted with the unbelieving Jews (“ye”). These elect Jews shall be called by “another,” or a new name, that is, shall no longer be “forsaken” of God for unbelief, but shall be His “delight” and “married” to Him
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Antioch was the new head quarters for the Christian Church, it was in Syria, thus the oldest Greek manuscript I quote from is the Syriac text, next was Ethiopia, much because of Evangelist Phillip, did you know that? Ethiopic Greek N.T. second oldest, these places were 100% spirit filled born again Christians, much has changed, as it now has in the young Country called America.
In context, this Chapter deals with the coming full restoration of the holy Jewish people. It has dual meaning to the N.T. Christian, and that's the message.
This shows us the dramatic difference of the saved and un saved, one blessed , the other not, one has all these promises of Blessing. Blessing may not always be financial, how I know, it can be spiritual, spiritual blessings, the lords favor, I would take any day. The spiritual blessings are over looked in our society, due to apostate doctrine, it has all become Financial, but Spiritual blessing, favor. Look at the beatitudes, blessed are ye....
You will see almost all are now, later, blessings of spiritual blessing, blessing means happy, it is hard in these times to be happy, worry free, but we are to be Happy in our lord, have full Joy as Jesus said he came to give. There is a private audience we have with our lord, manifested glory that non believers and false believers and half believers do not have nor can they understand it.
The holy remnant is a tried people, but a blessed people. The divine presence of the manifest lord can not be compared to Gold or silver.
In the days just ahead, you will see more and more of the divine presence of the lord, if you desire and seek it in prayer it will be manifested to you. A peace that surpasses all understanding, right in the middle of the coming storm. The best way to obtain this is by prayer and praise, study of the word and humble servitude. Notice in the text , Servant is said four times, my servants, its all about being a humble servant. The lord knows your heart, he knows what your going through, he knows those that are his. You are a blessed people. Imagine a thousand can fall on one side, and ten thousand on the other, but you may be the only one left standing, Ps 91. Not a blanket promise, but I see this happening to the Holy Spared remnant. A virus will kill millions world wide, but maybe not you. War will break out, our nation falls, bandits are everywhere, but you maybe spared and protected in ways you could never imagine.
Yes, if you are one of His, you are blessed, we serve the same God, he changes not, with every cup of affliction, comes a resurrection, power, glory, the super natural, and it can be yours today, if you want it.