Playing On The Freeway : Burning Man and Nero – Signs Of The Times?

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Nero Burning The Man

Why did Nero Fiddle While Rome burned?
Because He Felt Like It….

Why Did Nero Burn Christians?
Because He Felt Like It….

Nero is infamously known as the Emperor who “fiddled while Rome burned” and as an early persecutor of Christians. He was known for having captured Christians to burn them in his garden at night for a source of light. This view is based on the writings of Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, the main surviving sources for Nero’s reign. Few surviving sources paint Nero in a favorable light. Some sources, though, including some mentioned above, portray him as an emperor who was popular with the common Roman people.

Roger, the leader of my small group recently told me something so simple but powerful that it bears repeating:

What is the main thing that humans have learned from history?

That humans do not learn from history…

We All Love To Play On The Freeway

What would you say to a child who wants to play on the freeway?  Would you say “hey jest be careful and watch for cars?  or fast so you won’t get hit”

Humans are like this, we carelessly are lead by feelings and are easily deceived. History shows we are like “children playing on the spiritual freeway” and it’s not funny at all.

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I grew up in the sixties and I remember as a small boy traveling to Northern California with my grandparents and traveling through Yosemite National Park. At that time, about 1969 there were literally miles of Choppers, VW buses and modified cars of every description all surrounding the idea of developing a culture of “free love’ and self expression. While this time is romanticized in our modern day, what I saw were thousand of homeless kids “tuning in and turning on” to spiritual leaders like Timothy Leary.

People were just looking for something real they could embrace as a life’s philosophy

Leary’s message was to : “Tune In , Turn On and Drop Out and  it’s all about “following your heart” which was really their heads.

After seeing the effect his philosophy had on the society he was desperately trying to change he added;

“Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. “Tune in” meant interact harmoniously with the world around you — externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. Drop out suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. “Drop Out” meant self-reliance, a discovery of one’s singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean “Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity.” – Flashbacks (1983)

After he found out he had terminal cancer he wrote:

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Timothy: When I discovered that I was terminally ill I was thrilled, because I thought, “Now the real game of life begins. Oh boy! It’s the Super Bowl!” I entered into the real challenge of how to live an empowered life, a life of dignity. How you die is the most important thing you ever do. It’s the exit, the final scene of the glorious epic of your life. Death is loaded with paradox and taboo, so it’s hard for me to be thinking this through, even though I’m involved in the process of dying full-time. Do you follow my confusion? I can not exaggerate the power of this taboo about dying. It’s spooky, it’s something we’re supposed to be frightened of. Death is something symbolized by Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  – Last Interview 1992

Leary was known as “trippy”. His philosophy was confused and murky and he died a confused man, as it says that last interview.

Why did the sixties generation do all this?…because they felt like it.

As for me, I do not wish to have any confusion when it come the most important subjects in life. In fact I want no confusion at all, I have been there and it’s sure not playtime. So let’s take a look at the philosophy people have been living out for millienia.

It’s called “Hedonism” and the concept is really old.

He·do·nism
The belief that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal in life
The doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life
A way of life based on or suggesting the principles of hedonism

The Burning Man

What started out as a small event on San Francisco’s Baker Beach and then migrated to the Black Rock Desert has now morphed into a vibrant global year-round culture of like-minded individuals who seek to live their lives in a more meaningful, powerful and self-expressed way. The Ten Principles are a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it has organically developed since the event’s inception:

What is astounding to me is that at 4:00 minutes into this video people are playing in the mouth of a wolf, which is exactly what the spirit behind this “celebration” is all about which is to kill, steal and destroy peoples lives.

Over all of history humans have come together to find a god or gods that suit us. It’s human nature to want to do what i want to do without any consequences.

History shows when we make decisions with our eyes and feelings as our guide we face a bitter end. Your smart, so look over history and learn from it…

The 10 principles of the Burning Man include:

Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Communal Effort, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation

Radical Self-reliance – Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression – Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Immediacy – Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Contact with “a spiritual world” exceeding human power is how we are wired as humans. It’s part of our design, we are made to use  something other than our intellect to guide us. The question is which spiritual world are we being guided by?

Also it’s much like the sixties in which they say they wish to “burn the man”. The man being the establishment. I understand for sure as I too was looking for a god I could feel safe with as I saw so many people preaching and not practicing love. I totally understand the wish for “taking my own path” or “finding my own truth” but this is not possible to do without a clear set of directions.

The Burning Man principles may seem to have good intentions on the surface, but my experience shows that the “road to hell is paved in good intentions” so let’s look back a bit further:

Let’s go back thousands of years to the Israelite’s in the desert with Moses being lead by something greater than his intellect.

Why are people going to the Burning Man?…because they feel like it

Party Time In The Desert

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“When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”

So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.

The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!”

Aaron, taking in the situation, built an altar before the calf.

Aaron then announced, “Tomorrow is a feast day to God!”

Early the next morning, the people got up and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings and brought Peace-Offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink and then began to party. It turned into a wild party!

God spoke to Moses, “Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. In no time at all they’ve turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it. They’ve sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are the gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt!’”

God said to Moses, “I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I’ll make a great nation out of you.” – Exodus 32 (The Message)

Why did they do this? ….Simple it seemed like a good idea at the time and they felt like it!

I was talking to my oldest daughter and she was saying that maybe the people were feeling that Moses was taking too long up on that mountain, or why was God talking to only him, maybe people just wanted a different concept of God to make them feel better for the moment, who knows? What we learn from the story is that when our philosophy in life is to feel good now things go crazy real fast.

Nero found nothing new, the Burning Man concepts are as old as time itself, there was nothing new people found in the sixties and nothing new about what happens we do when we just throw off all restraint and do what we want based on our feelings.

My main takeaway from the ten principles of the Burning Man is contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. That’s called “tapping into the spiritual world” and that is to be done very cautiously. 

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Burning Man 2013 “The Church Trap”

Throughout all of recorded history people have used drugs and other methods of alternate consciousness techniques including music to “pierce the veil” and tap into the spiritual realm. Shaman’s use Peyote and other hallucinogens to do this. Timothy Leary and the peace and love movement of the sixties used LSD, weed and all other forms of drugs and I did the same in my life. After I got “sober” in 1994. Without being lead by the one true God, I did this through drumming and other rhythmic methods much like today’s  popular “rave’s”  and much of the music scene. This ended in disappointment for me in 1999.

It’s nothing new…

That’s why God wrote the Bible through human experiences, to caution us to trust in Jesus to guide us spiritually, as we will find ourselves running off a cliff and the consequences are very serious. History shows that. God in his love tells us how to access him through faith in his son, and he has promised to only bring things into our lives that will build us and promote life here and for eternity. Any other way into the spiritual world is like “hacking’ (the spiritual internet) and there are forces who will play whatever game a human being is playing and like all these examples, will end in a serious “punking” by the dark-side forces, with no Aston Kutcher showing up at the end.

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The only way to gauge this is by the  evidence shown through the spiritual output of lives like Nero, Leary or before my surrender yours truly.

Good intentions or not, it ends in disappointment and heartbreak and if carried throughout life will end in much worse than we can imagine here and now. Every party must end, that is the fatal flaw in the Hedonistic philosophy. It just takes more and more intensity of experience and ending like me in a room on a respirator falling into death.  Your smarter than I, you can look over history and learn from it. I almost didn’t make it.

What is the fatal flaw in this philosophy? It’s that the “individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.”  While admitting that we are “in contact with a natural world exceeding human powers”

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

If you ever could see an example that we are living in bible times now, take a look at the story from Exodus of the Israelite’s in the desert, and insert the “burning man expereince” taking place this year in the Southern California desert  and you’ll see a perfect correlation between the two.

In the human sense, the funniest thing is that the “man” they are “burning” are the very people from the sixties who were trying to “burn the man” then too.

However the real issue is like what motivated Nero, hatred of  Jesus and God’s plan for redemption. Christians all over the world are being literally tortured and killed, sometime burned for what they believe. The real spirit behind The Burning Man is to just to confuse, separate and destroy relationships causing  despair and wounding, all while wrapping it in a pretty package called “if it feels good do it…”

I say down with religion for religion sake as the “church” is not made of wood and stone but of flesh and blood. The true church or temple is in the heart that is filled with the Holy Spirit which leads to a person outputting peace, joy, love and the other gifts of the spirit we all long for as humans. Any other way of thinking leads a person in the end to be totally self focused and self indulgent and leads to parties in the desert, clubs or just getting wasted at home. In the end never advancing people to the knowledge of the truth.

Sorry to be a “buzz killer” but these are the facts….

I used to play on the Freeway

During the 1980’s  I developed a secret life  an “alter ego” named “Steve Rush” my professional stage name.  I performed a fire and illusion show in Los Angeles and New York. This was my defense against a unhealthy concept of God and I spent allot of time at the magic castle after I turned 21.

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As you see in the picture, this was the way my act began, with my hands on fireand with me fire breathing flames from my mouth about 10-15 feet from side to side. High drama for sure, the truth is I was very scared and angry inside. A look at this picture will show a young man in CONTROLLED RAGE and I was literally the “burning man”

I tried to get get free from this in 1987 and I burned my magic equipment in a bon fire ($50,000 worth) and built a restaurant. I tried to make christian friends, but they had seen this picture of me and I guess they were scared. I would get a weird smile and they would say some shallow “christianeze” sayings but it was obvious that I did not belong. One day I was literally run out of the church while trying to donate food for a conference, and in the midst of this religious confusion a man named Jack Hayford did something that kept the faith alive for years that I might one day find a place were I could be authentic and still be forgiven.

I thought God was punishing me. I went out to “seek my own path”

 

Getting it all?

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In 1995, I began a deep study of Shamanism both American Indian And Celtic pagan systems. Through mediation I became linked to Mayan mythologies and rituals and as a result I seemed to have “downloaded” a complete illusion show helping to form a new branch of magic call “sculptured illusion”. I got together financing and brought the show to life

The show was to be called “Mayan Prophecies 2012 – Live” and it was to be sold to the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas

During this time, even while in all this darkness when people would say “all Christians are judgmental” or something similar, I would stop them and say “most yes, not all, let me tell you the story of what Jack did for me one day…and this story has a big impact on those who I told this to.

As I got closer to starring in the show, my soul began to feel cold and my behavior reflected that. On the way to Las Vegas to sell the show, I said the first prayer I had said in years and that was “God I need direction”.When I arrived at my hotel in Vegas, there was a call waiting for me. It was my sister and she put my oldest daughter Michelle on the phone, which was the first time we had spoken for years. She said “Dad, I ran away to find you, I need you”. I immediately left Vegas and within a short time had sold my interest in the show (in 1999) I new this was an answer for a God I still didn’t trust.

After understanding that show business was not what I dreamed it would be, I left Shamanism and the Mayans and these new age stories far behind.  If I were to have moved forward and star in the show, I would have gotten everything I ever wanted but lost my soul in the process. This is the threshold many now famous people come to and it explains why their lives are so tragic in regards to their personal relationships.

I Paid A Heavy Price

It would be years of pain and struggle to surrender to Jesus for real.  This is the hardest journey a human can make and my story shows how hard hearted I really was.  I have never been able to “play church” living a what looks like a christian life but still harboring major lifetime anger, animosity, jealously, envy and spiritual pride by looking down on others. I have always been hot or cold about things its just the way I am.

Why Did I do All This?….Because I Felt like It

The bottom line to my experience in 1999 was that as I was in the process of getting everything I wanted and thinking I was using spiritual forces to do my bidding, I was really being controlled by them. My behavior and coldness inside showed that. I was getting everything I wanted and losing everything that makes life worth living. My relationships were with celebrities and beautiful people by they had no heart and neither did I.

The really strange thing was by this time I had studied every religion and spirituality system on the planet. I was truly a “Renaissance man”..HOWEVER I could not read the bible or hear the name of Jesus mentioned. it made my skin crawl and that did not make logical sense. I thought it was childhood religious trauma but it was not.  If your like I was and the name of Jesus, or talk of “the blood of Jesus” makes your skin crawl then you have a serious spiritual wounding that needs healing.

I was playing on the freeway and it’s not funny at all.I know what it is to “discover, exercise and rely on my own inner resources.”  and I know the result of being “in contact with a natural world exceeding human powers”.  It almost cost me everything

The spirits that woo us to participate in the Burning Man, the drugs that we use and the hedonistic elevation of self all have one thing in common…these spirits hate Jesus and violently come against anything that elevates him. That’s why there are masses of people are so violently against true followers of Christ.  The bottom line is that we are all created with certain gifts. Satan wants to use those gifts for his glory but God loves us too much to allow that to happen so he made a way for us to surrender to his will, he promises to direct our steps to live a life of unimaginable joy in the midst of adversity and truly live out our God written destiny.

GIANTS I HAVE DEFEATED

On June 10th, 2010 I found a vedic temple near my hometown and I met some very nice and welcoming people. To this day I know people of the Hindu faith and I respect them and am grateful that we live in a country where we can all worship in whatever way we choose. I was surprised to learn of this controversy surrounding this teacher and decided that if it were possible I would travel to India and see this all for myself. It was fascinating that there was this international event taking place right here near my hometown. By request directly to Nithyananda on the internet I traveled to Indiaand just before boarding the plane, I made some amazing discoveries about a man living in my Grandfathers generation named George King. After a few days in India, I totally surrendered to my ideas about God fell on my face in worship in a dumpy hotel room in Bangalore and learned that and every word of the Bible is literal and that we are living in bible times today.

When I cam home I made some very bizarre associations between this Vedic Temple in my hometown, a Quaker/Mennonite man named George King, which to me really gives a strong warning to not trust in “other paths” which might seem harmless…

 

George King Playing On The Freeway

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“Dr. George King was born in Shropshire, England on January 23, 1919. Early in life his deep spiritual interests found expression in traditional Christianity as he was a “Quaker”, but he soon learned there was more to life than the orthodox could show him. First turning to psychic phenomena, he quickly became an adept of this research, delving beneath the superficial nature of things to their causes Still looking for more, he began to study yoga. For the next 10 years, he practiced this ancient science for 8 – 12 hours a day until his mastery of terrestrial phenomena and of his mind made him a “Knower.” He was still in his early thirties.

Determined to help humanity raise itself from universal suffering and ignorance, his life’s mission became apparent on May 8, 1954.

Alone in his London apartment, a loud physical voice delivered the following Command:“Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament.”

He was initially shocked by the implications of this statement. It came out of the blue without warning or explanation. All he knew with his mastery over terrestrial phenomena was that what he had heard, he had heard.”

 

His life story is the greatest warning to stay away from any feelings based path of self worship

 

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 George King buried 19 giant crystals into mountains all over the world, including Mt Baldy in Upland California.

The 19 Mountains of the World
Holdstone Down, North Devonshire, England
Brown Willy, Cornwall, England
Ben Hope, Sutherland, Scotland
Creag-An-Leth-Chain, Strathspey, Scotland
Old Man, Cumbria, England
Pen-y-Fan, South Wales
Carnedd Llewelyn, Gwynedd, Wales
Kinderscout, Derbyshire, England
Yes Tor, Devonshire, England
Mount Baldy, Southern California, USA
Mount Tallac, Northern California, USA
Mount Adams, New Hampshire, USA
Castle Peak, Colorado, USA
Mount Kosciusko, New South Wales, Australia
Mount Ramshead, New South Wales, Australia
Mount Wakefield, near Mount Cook, New Zealand
Mount Madrigerfluh, Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Le Nid D’Aigle, near Mont Blanc, France
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

  Why Did George Do This?……Because He Felt Like It

Signs Of The Times

The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.”
1 Timothy 4:1-5 – The Message

Now I was really tripped out

You see, I was born on January 21, 1961 at the San Antonio Hospital in Upland California.

George King buried these “crystals” all over the world and “energized them into a grid” in August 1961, the year of my birth….

I guess I was born to tell this story!

I was created to OVERCOME!

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The International Controversy Surrounding Nithyananda

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2010 Biddai India,

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Nithyananda Ashram Biddai, India- “3 Days in The Belly Of A Whale?”

 

 

Something to consider:

What in the world does the chaos surrounding George King, Nithyananda, Nero, Leary the Burning man event or my life have anything to do with you?

All these examples are people like me and people like you. Just people with feelings and emotions just like you and I. They had a choice to either rely on God’s word to navigate their lives or use their feelings to do so. A big example is Adolf Hitler who was just a man who was seriously resentful at society and sat down to write a book called “Mein Kampf” or “My Plan” which was to become the bedrock of his “theology”. He used swelling words to move a nation of people by their feelings to support his efforts which turned out to be evil. It was simply Hitler’s pride, jealousy, envy, greed, lust and vain glory that motivated him and just like him, I or you can be motivated by the same. The bible says “pride is unto the sin of Witchcraft” which means when I am in anger, jealously, evny as a lifestyle, then we are practicing a kind of witchcraft and you can see it’s effect on overpowering the human spirit. God’s message will seriously confront and make clear what not to do BUT WILL ALWAYS lift up the individual with the hope that Jesus died for MY sins and that there is no heart that is too dark to be saved, even Adolf Hitler before he put that gun to his head. He could have chosen life, but instead chose death.

God’s message is simple:

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” – John 3:16 ( The Message)

Today I have radical, real encounters with God and what’s most incredible is that I can do it right in my own living room or quietly at church. I don’t need a big event to get my mind blown with Gods amazing love and direction.

When I do want to go to an event I might take the advice of  thousands of young adults today as there are many place to find huge gatherings of real life giving spirituality. You might take a look at the One Thing Conference as an example of people who are finding what we all are looking for and there are some churches left in the USA that are too being lead by the Holy Spirit and changing the world in incredible ways.

It’s a choice, go and find them…

 

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******Update: 10/20/2021

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE OVERCOME?

Before I left for India, I had contacted the owner of “INNERAWAKENING.COM…..

I was going to give this domain as a gift if what I found was worthy. I found this house to be unworthy and shook the dust from my feet 3 days after arriving…..I became owner of the domain while still in India…

Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting.  If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Matthew 10:12-15

You see, This most popular world reaching avatar who works through the internet exclusively with millions of views….

Works to get “devotees” to come to India, to the Ashram I visited in 2010, at $10,000 Euro’s per person for a 21 day “transformation”….

His brand name is “InnerAwakening.org”


https://www.Innerawakening.com (feel free to click the link)

Shhhh…….Don’t tell anyone…..for the past 11 years and to this day….the link opens to the International House of prayer in Kansas City USA……that’s all I had to say to him and anyone else who is curious about all this….just pray…pray like Lou!

I know I have overcome because I haven’t paid any attention to this, and my Instagram profile shows where I have focused my eyes, my life and my steps.

Lou Engle & Stacey Campbell – The Burning Man

Stunning…this album began playing on Spotify in my car since I was listening to AzusaNow soundtrack…sometimes the algorithm is your friend (depending on what your looking/listening/focusing on or to)

Joel – The Final Outpouring – Part 1
Joel – The Final Outpouring – Part 2

The date of this post was March 14, 2014 …..Who would know that Lou Engle and Stacy Campbell were recording this just a few months earlier???

One Thing I ask – This is my prayer!

Casting This Mountain Into The Sea

My life is a statement and my steps are proof that this chaaos belongs smack dab in the middle of the Bermuda Triange

Nithyananda’s Main Office in Karnataka India to Bermuda Triangle

I guess this 12 year season is my little Isaiah 60 moment….I say it’s time for the Son’s and Daughter’s to Arise and Shine!!!!!!!

The Gentiles Bless Zion

60 Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

“Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
All those from Sheba shall come;
They shall bring gold and incense,
And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
And I will glorify the house of My glory.

“Who are these who fly like a cloud,
And like doves to their roosts?
Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me;
And the ships of Tarshish will come first,
To bring your sons from afar,
Their silver and their gold with them,
To the name of the Lord your God,
And to the Holy One of Israel,
Because He has glorified you.

10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
And their kings shall minister to you;
For in My wrath I struck you,
But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night,
That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
And those nations shall be utterly ruined.

13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together,
To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
And I will make the place of My feet glorious.
14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you
Shall come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet;
And they shall call you The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
So that no one went through you,
I will make you an eternal excellence,
A joy of many generations.
16 You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles,
And milk the breast of kings;
You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 “Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
Instead of iron I will bring silver,
Instead of wood, bronze,
And instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
And your magistrates righteousness.
18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither [a]wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.

God the Glory of His People

19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21 Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”