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Prophecy

by Kathleen Whitten

 

In Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1,6,9, we are reminded that history continually proves Biblical prophecy. This is wonderful in hindsight, but imagine the poor chap that is given the the daunting task of prophesying God’s warnings. Most prophets in the Bible were martyred, and many scholars believe that Isaiah was “sawn in two.”

Why? At the time, Israel was worshiping idols and Judah remained outwardly conforming to God’s laws but was morally corrupt. (Is. 3:8-26). So Isaiah warned that God’s people must turn back to God’s ways or else fall into the enemies’ hands. He even reproved them for rationalizing their own brand of morality: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness... Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20,21)

Of course, history proves both Judah and Israel did fall into captivity as a result of their determination to disobey God. Therefore, it makes us very concerned to read these “woes” in Isaiah and recognize some of the same depravity in our own society.

Yet, even today, the loving merciful voice of God is heard through the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

Through Jesus, God extends to us His mercy so that we might “know Christ and make Him known.


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