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August 2 - Morning

"This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

'I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,
    who spreads out the earth by myself,
who foils the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,
who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,
who carries out the words of his servants
    and fulfills the predictions of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem,

  1. "It shall be inhabited,"

of the towns of Judah,

"They shall be rebuilt,"

and of their ruins,

"I will restore them."

Who says to the watery deep,

"Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,"

who says of Cyrus,

"He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem,

'Let it be rebuilt,'
    and of the temple,
'Let its foundations be laid.' " "

- Isaiah 44:24-28

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Using Prophecy as Proof of the Lord's Sovereignty    

In Isaiah chapter 43 God said he would announce two things and then do them to prove that he was the only true God.  He was going to:

  1. Bring Israel back from captivity
  2. Forgive their sins

 Israel then would be called on to be witnesses of these events as proof of YHWH’s deity.
These prophecies where written down and historically fulfilled. The fulfillment of these predictions
by YHWH through Isaiah are recorded in secular documents and in the books of Ezra, Nehemiah,
2 Chronicles, etc.
Isaiah 44:24-28 actually begins a section that continues from Isaiah 44:24 up to Isaiah 47:15.

As a sign of his sovereign rule over his creation and of his absolute wisdom the Lord says he will expose the false prophets, make fools of the diviners and turn the learning of the wise into nonsense. While at the same time the Lord will carry out the words of his servants and fulfill the predictions of his messengers like Isaiah.

In order to set the stage for his prophets the Lord predicts a list of historical events that will take place more than 170 years in the future. Remember, at this time Jerusalem is still inhabited and will not fall to the Babylonians for another 100 years. Also, the Assyrians are ruling the Middle East in Isaiah’s day, Babylon has not risen yet, but Isaiah is going to be speaking about the empire that overthrows Babylon. Babylon is still a rising power in Isaiah’s day.

Isaiah is going to predict:

  1. Restoration of Jerusalem and rebuilding of Judah (beginning in 538 BC)
  2. The stopping of the waters in Babylon in 539 BC by Cyrus when he blocked the canals and entered Babylon under the walls as recorded by historians and Daniel.
  3. The name of the Persian emperor who conquer Babylon and then send the Jews back to Jerusalem and order that they rebuild the Temple (536-516 BC).

Cyrus would rule Persia from 559-530 and would overthrow Babylon in 538 BC. That is 160-190 years after Isaiah spoke these words. Beginning in 538 BC the Jews would begin returning to Judah from Babylonian captivity. Cyrus would order that the foundations for the Temple of YHWH be laid in 536 BC. Cyrus died in 530 and the Temple was finished in 516.

This was predicted by the Lord through Isaiah so Israel would discern their God as the true God:

Now listen, o Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says…I am the Lord…who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers…Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me… I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. – Isaiah 44:1, 24, 26; 45:21; 46:10

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The sanctifying of men by the Word of God is a timeless principle in the Kingdom of God."
- Galyn Wiemers
Something to Ponder??

The Bible does not specifically say that Paul fell from his horse on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-4) just like it doesn’t say that Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem. Of course, it is possible a horse and a donkey were involved, but Acts 9:7 does say that “the men traveling with Saul STOOD there speechless” instead of “sat on their horses speechless.” And, if someone was riding the donkey to Bethlehem we hope it wasn’t Joseph.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Ayil (Hb) - pillar (Eng) - The Hebrew word ‘ayil means “pillar” and “post.”
The ‘ayil is a vertical piece of finished wood used in construction as in 1 Kings 6:31.

  A statue of Dagon was found in the 1800's in Assyria. There have also been carved images of Dagon discovered.
(Image HERE.
Details HERE, HERE)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will be kind to the people with whom I spend the most of my time.
I will consider their needs, plans and desires before my own.
  "He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished."
- Proverbs 17:5
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Model of the New Testament Temple.

Details of the ancient city of Megiddo in a model of the city.

Details of the ancient city of Megiddo in a model of the city.
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Model of the New Testament Temple.
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