So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. WHEN THE ENEMY SHALL COME IN LIKE A FLOOD, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM. (Isaiah 59:19).
When you look at our opening verse you might say “okay, when the devil comes in like a flood, the Holy Spirit will lift up a standard against him. Glory!” No, that is not what it is saying! For many years, many Christians have thought it like that and preached “when the enemy comes in like a flood, God’s Spirit will protect”; sorry sir! The one who comes like the flood is the Spirit of the Lord, and not the enemy.
The Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language, and had no punctuations, the punctuations we have were inserted by our translators. And in this verse the comma (,) was misplaced. How do we know? First of all, in Scripture, only God comes like a flood, and not the devil; ” Thou (God) carriest them (enemies) away as with a FLOOD…” (Psalm 90:6). Secondly, if you look at it from the Hebrew words used in the verse, you’d know that it is not talking about the enemy’s flood that try to destroy us and the Spirit of the Lord coming to lift a standard against him, but instead it is the flood of the Spirit that sweeps the enemy and his works.
The Amplified Bible puts it like this, “…when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him AND PUT HIM TO FLIGHT-FOR HE WILL COME LIKE A RUSHING STREAM WHICH THE BREATH OF THE LORD DRIVES.” (Isaiah 59:19b Amp). Who comes like a rushing stream? The Spirit. The Amplified almost got it right.This verse ought to read like this
“… When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
That means it doesn’t matter what stands against you, the Holy Spirit will raise like a flood from within you, and sweep your enemies and their works away. Halleluah!
It is not true that if you get born again you wont have enemies, or face problems; Jeremiah 1: 19 says, “…they shall fight against thee; but THEY SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST THEE; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.”
That is letting you know that, whosoever raises against you is fighting a lost battle. “…Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
Now when trouble comes, don’t pray ” O God arise, arise like a flood against my troubles”. No! Don’t talk like that. You are the one to let Him arise, how? By speaking in tongues, and declaring the word of God concerning that situation, as you speak, the Holy Spirit raises from within your spirit, and comfirms His word (the word on your mouth) in that situation. Thus putting the enemy to flight!
Pastor Jack Siame