This is based on a live message shared by Pastor Joe Daltorio on December 1, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo7VGJAbrwk
This generation needs a fresh revelation of the glory, majesty, and power of God. Only then can we effectively find God’s purpose and plan and accomplish His work. We need to be willing to be undone before the Presence of God; to be humbled, deconstructed and reconstructed! I want to share a prayer for this generation to be undone!
Isaiah chapters 1-6 contain a lot of wisdom for people in this generation. Many of the same spiritual, moral, and societal problems experienced by the people in Judah in the eighth century B.C. have parallels in our own society today!
Recently, after reading those chapters again, I went to sleep and woke in the middle of the night with the word “undone” running through my mind. In the morning, I could not get the word out of my thoughts. I asked the Lord in prayer, “What does the word undone mean?”
He answered, “I want the people in this generation to be undone before me in the same way that Isaiah was undone in Chapter 6. Only when they have been undone, can they serve me effectively and be a prophetic voice to the people of this generation.”
Isaiah’s encounter with God in Chapter 6
1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – ESV
As I sought the Lord over the next several days he showed me four key things God did in the Prophet Isaiah:
ONE – Isaiah saw God fully revealed in all of His glory, power and splendor!
The account of what Isaiah saw happens two years before he begins to record the prophecy we know as the Book of Isaiah. I am sure that Isaiah knew God before this encounter. But, now Isaiah sees God fully revealed in all of His glory and power. Whether God gives Isaiah a vision of the Heavenly Courts or whether he actually appears there, we do not know.
He finds himself before the throne of God. God is clothed in garments of light. Magnificent angels cry out praises to one another that shake the very foundation of the court of the Lord. The room is filled with smoke and Isaiah is terrified by the sight.
He has lost his earthly King Uzziah in that very year. Here, God is reminding him that no matter what happens in the realm of humanity, that God still reigns on His throne!
Isaiah is undone! Like many other prophets and leaders who saw God, he was left speechless and perhaps even wondered if his life was forfeit.
Isaiah may have known the Lord before, but now his heart and mind could never forget what his senses perceived. God was greater, more magnificent, more powerful, more beautiful that he ever could have imagined.
My prayer for this generation is that we could behold God in the same way! When we have a small view of God, our faith is limited. When we see God revealed in His fullness so many things take place in our soul. God wants this generation to seek Him and know Him in the fullness of His glory.
TWO – Isaiah sees the true condition of his own heart
“And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips.”
Isaiah sees the utter sinfulness of his own life in the light of God’s glory. He not only sees God revealed in all His truth, but now he sees his own heart revealed in the light of God’s glory and holiness. The utter deprivation and brokenness of his life was illuminated by God’s glory. It was not a light that condemned, but a light that revealed.
For, the first time, Isaiah saw himself as God saw him. This was the beginning of true humility. To see himself in the full light of God’s truth.
It leads Isaiah to a moment of true repentance and a confession of the condition of his soul. Isaiah could no longer rely on his own resources. He discovered how much he needed God’s forgiveness, His healing and restoration.
It is only when we come to the place of abandonment before God that God can begin his full work in us. To be transformed we first need to be undone before God. May God let this generation see itself in the light of God’s truth and holiness. A moment when we say God you are right and we are wrong. When we say you are just and you are holy and we are so unclean and broken. We desperately need you!
THREE – Isaiah sees the true condition of the society he lives in
“ . . . and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Isaiah not only sees the condition of his own heart, but he realizes the brokenness of the society he lives in. Isaiah realizes just how great the gulf is between God’s truth and holiness and our falseness and moral impurity.
The Lord spoke to me, “This is a key issue with many leaders in this age. Their view of Me is small. They don’t know My true glory and holiness. They see themselves through their own eyes as being pretty good compared to most.”
This is a great deception that leads to a life of compromise and mediocrity rather than a life of brokenness before God with powerful anointing. We cannot rightly see the true condition of the world we live in until we see God is His fullness and glory. Then, we can see through God’s eyes the brokenness of our world and His broken heart for the people made in His image who are estranged from Him.
FOUR – The Lord asks, “Who shall I send?” Isaiah responds, “Send me!”
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah hears the Lord calling out, looking for a messenger. He immediately answers, “Lord, send me!”
The good news for Isaiah is that he did recognize God’s true glory and his own unworthiness. This led him to repentance and a true humility before God. God’s response was to purify Him by sending a coal from the altar to touch his lips.
How much more today if we truly humble ourselves before God’s throne and He cleanses us by the Blood of the Lamb of God and fills us with His Holy Spirit!
“I will Never Let You Down”
It was a Sunday afternoon in December 1988. I believe the Cleveland Browns were playing the Indianapolis Colts trying to lock down a playoff spot. The Browns were a good team that year and went on to go to the AFC Championship. But this Sunday afternoon, as I listened to the game putting up Christmas ornaments, my team found a way to lose.
I was a pretty big fan back then. I said out loud, “Why do I waste my time, and who wants a case of sports depression right before Christmas!”
Then, I heard that quiet inner voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “I will never let you down!” I went into my living room and put on Handel’s Messiah Hallelujah chorus and started signing at the top of my voice, “and He shall reign forever and ever . . .”
As I looked at the snow falling outside my window, the winter scene gave way to an open-eyed vision. I found myself looking up into a beautiful ascending staircase of millions of angels singing glory to God. There were so many and the colors were so vibrant and outstanding: purple, blue, mauve, pink, and golden light streamed down from the Glory of God.
I could not see God in detail, but I saw the brilliance of His glory and felt His power and might. The next thing I heard floored and changed me forever. The Lord said, “As a little boy you used to sing a song about climbing Jacob’s ladder in Sunday School. You always envisioned a small wooden ladder going up into the sky. What you are seeing today is what Jacob saw in the dessert in Bethel back in the Book of Genesis.”
My perspective of God changed from that day on. I knew that God was infinitely greater, more holy, more mighty, more glorious than I could ever imagine. It changed my theology. It changed my perspective on the world. I knew God loved me and had plans for me. He wanted me to know Him and understand His heart. It was also very humbling at the same time. For awhile, I was undone.
Since that day, God has revealed Himself again in many ways. I have seen Him do the same thing in others. In the Bible you see it happen to Abraham, to Moses, To Daniel, To Mary the mother of Jesus, to Saul, to John in the Book of Revelation and so many others.
It happens to different people in distinct ways. For Peter, God filled his boat with fish. The scenario was different from Isiah’s, but the result was the same!
“Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Luke 5:12-19 (NIV)
I have been praying fervently for this generation, that many will have an Isaiah 6 experience. Will you join me?
1. To see God fully revealed in all of His glory, power and splendor
2. To see the true condition of their own heart in the light of God’s truth
3. To see the true condition of the world we live in, and
4. To obey God by joining Him in His work!