Pastor Roger Anghis
February 20, 2011
The next scripture id Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Here the Lord is declaring Who He is and what He has stated that He will do. The Hebrew word for “teacheth” is lamad and it means to learn, instruct, teach. God is saying that He is the one that teaches us to profit. The Hebrew word for “profit” is yaal (yaw-al) and it means to be profitable, have profit, to be valuable. Is it not strange that God Himself states that He will teach us to be prosperous, yet the church usually denies the right of a believer to be prosperous. The Hebrew word for “leadeth” is darak and it means to guide, lead forth. God will lead and guide us in the way that we should go. When we follow that lead with faithfulness and obedience, He shows us ways to be profitable, He gives us ideas for products, ideas for business ideas. Whatever we need to be profitable. Not all will follow the leading of the Lord. Not all will follow His advice in business matters, but those that do will benefit abundantly.
Our next verse is Isaiah 54:2-3 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; (3) For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. This is a command to begin to think bigger, to prepare for bigger things, bigger ideas. The Hebrew word for “Enlarge” is rachab (raw-khab) and it means to make room, make larger, broaden, make wide open. The lexicon states to enlarge your limit of territory. This indicates a larger area of ownership, which is an indication of wealth. This is confirmed with the Hebrew word used for “place”, which is maqowm (maw-kome) and it means country, place, home. The word used for “tent” is ohel and it means house, dwelling place, tent.
The command here is to increase the size of your property. The command is to ‘spare not’. The Hebrew word for “spare” is chasak (khwa-sak) and it means hold back, to restrain. We are NOT to restrain from increasing, expanding, getting bigger, having more goods. We are instructed to “lengthen our cords”. These are the ropes that are used to tie down the tent. The bigger the tent the longer the cord is necessary to properly support the tent. The stakes of this tent are to be made stronger. The bigger the tent the more resistance there is on the stakes making it necessary to use larger, stronger stakes that will carry a heavier load. We are told that we will “break forth” on all sides.
The word used for “break” is parats and it means to burst forth, grow, increase. This is all an indication of increase of material goods and wealth. Then we are told that our seed, our posterity, will inherit the Gentiles, the literal translation says posses nations, which is the Hebrew word yarash which means occupy by driving out the previous occupants and possessing in their place. This indicates that our posterity will inherit the world. I believe that He was talking about THIS generation. This whole verse is speaking about nothing but increase. Increase of property, possessions, lands, material goods, money, honor, everything that God promised those that will follow Him and obey His commands.
The next verse I want to look at is Jeremiah 33:9. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Here we see God speaking of the return of Israel from captivity and what He will do for them. In verse 7 God states that He will bring them back to Israel and make them as they were when they took possession of the land that He gave them. In verse 8 God states He will cleanse them of all their sins and then in verse 9 He states that the name of Israel will be the favored nation to Him and that the rest of the world will know of all the good that He does for them. The word “good” is the Hebrew word towb which is a word that we have seen used many times so far in this study and it means welfare, prosperity and happiness.
All this is in reference to physical wealth, monetary growth, increase of material possessions, economic strength as a nation. The Hebrew word used for “fear” is pachad and it means be afraid, be in fear. The word used for “tremble” is ragaz and it means to quiver, be afraid, stand in awe, shake, tremble. This is telling us that the nation of Israel will have such wealth that all will be fearful of its power. The word used for “goodness” is towb and it means welfare, prosperity and happiness. The word for “prosperity” is shalom . This is another example of the Hebrew word for completeness being used to describe prosperity. This word carries the meaning of health, happiness, prosperity, peace, favor, welfare, wholeness. All of this is what GOD will do for Israel. As believers, he will do the same for us.
Our next verse is Joel 2:23-25 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (24) And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. (25) And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. (26) And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. The literal translation states “the early rain according to righteousness” instead of “moderately”. It is the Hebrew word tsedaqah (tsed-aw-kaw) and one of the meanings is moderately, but the lexicon states that that phrase means ‘early rain for prosperity’. The purpose of this statement is because the verse is talking about crops. Crops thrive on water.
God is stating that He will start the rains early and the rains will often be in perfect timing for the crops to produce their best. The grapes will be a bumper crop. The wheat will be a bumper crop; the olives will have a bumper crop. There will be no lack of anything. These items are for not only their own use, but these are items that they sell as well. This creates profit all caused by God Himself. The Hebrew word used for “restore” is shalam and it means make complete, make amends, be at peace, make prosperous, make restitution, restore. During their times of famine, usually caused by their disobedience, plagues of locust and other creatures would devour their crops. God is saying that for all of those times God would pay back with interest. He states that they will eat and be “satisfied”. This is the Hebrew word saba and it means to have enough, fill, be full, to have plenty. Webster defines satisfy as having the desires fully gratified; made content. This is a sign of wealth to always have enough. The Hebrew word even gives an indication of; to glut; to fill beyond natural desire. This is having way more than enough.
Our next verse is Haggai 2:9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. God is speaking of the physical condition of the later day church. In the previous verse He states that all the silver is His and all the gold is His and in verse seven He states that He will fill His house, the church, with glory. This is the Hebrew word kabowd which we have seen before and it means splendor, copiousness. Webster defines copiousness as abundance; plenty; great quantity; full supply. In verse nine we see this word again in the “glory of this latter house”. The latter house will have plenty, great quantity.
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The main definition in the lexicon is abundance, riches. The first time we saw the word glory in scripture was in reference to material wealth (Genesis 31:1). God goes on and states that he will give peace in that place. The Hebrew word used for “peace” is shalom. We have seen this word before and it means health, happiness, prosperity, peace, favor, welfare, wholeness. All of these attributes require wealth. All of this God says He will bring forth for those that are obedient and faithful to Him.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org