The Prophet of Judgement and Restoration.
Sixty-six explosive chapters! A prophet of prophets, a prophet with a difference, a prophet of profoound depths (Hindsight, Insight and Foresight). All these guaranteed his towering heights even till date in our mist 2,600 years after. The New Testament (Jesus Christ and the Apostles) needed his dependable prophetic pillars to firmly establish authority both in polemical battles and in the propagation of the good tidings.
The prime place of the book of Isaiah is testified to by 20 out of the 27 books of the New Testament. In fact, only Jude (one chapter), amongst all the early 'Author-Apostles' did not quote or made allusions to Isaiah.
Bible scholars unanimously agreed and acknowledged the miniature symbolism which the book of Isaiah represents.The 66 chapters- symbolic of the 66 books that make up the Holy Bible; also in structure- two divisions: chapter 1-39 (part one) and chapters 40-66 (part two) comparable to the two parts of Bible's Old and New Testaments.
The God that warned His chosen people, to forsake sins or face His wrath, is whom Isaiah introduced to us in the opening chapters (Chapter 1:19-20). Foretelling with a prophetic floodlight, brighter than any other prophet in Biblical history, the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Isaiah settled every potential disputation and strife over the messiahnic ministry and posterity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His prophetic cutting-edge was not in doubt as he foretold God's punishment of captivity and enslavement of Africans for their sins of idolatory (Isaiah Chapters 20 and 45:14).
Isaiah's ministry of some 70 years spanned through the reign of 4 kings: from Uzziah to Hezekiah. He opened the door of the impending judgement of Israel by God through the instrumentality of the Babylonian army with a prophetic indignation (Chapter 39:5-7). The accuracy of this prophetic detail eventually roped-in the princes of Judah (Daniel and other Hebrew boys) as captives, made eunuchs and to serve in the palace of the King of Babylon.
This fascinating book closed on two important notes, of the awesome capacity of the power of God to deliver, comfort, console and restore Israelites back to their original homeland, when they must have repented of their iniquities (which, in the first instance led to the captivity), to rebuild their cities and the temple of God.
The instrument for this task (King Cyrus), was foretold 150 years before his birth by Isaiah. The famous 'Isaiah Buttons' for warfare that many of today's Christian Prayer warriors use as prophetic arrows from their prayer quiver were born in this closing passages (Chapters 40, 44, 45, 45 and 54).
The book, in its entirety, could be very nolstagic when viewed with the eye of present day frustration of international diplomacy. Were an Isaiah to live in our time, Bin-Laden's al-Qaeda would have been thoroughly exposed and cheaply disarmed by his prophetic revelation and judgement.
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