Read 195.) Isaiah 43:14 thru 45:13. With this reading, we’re going to identify Isaiah’s most specific, clear, plain and amazing prophecy, unlike others, which we might often wonder what they might mean, and what he might really be saying. Of this one, there will be no such questions. The remainder of chapter 43, verses 14 thru 28, is a stark contrast between God’s goodness and remaining Israel’s much sin, the result of which is going to be her destruction in 100 more years time.
With chapter 44, and then again, in 45, we’re going to see this incredible prophecy. But first, 44:1-5 is Millennial in nature, as it speaks to a time in the future of Israel’s most blessed time, and faithfulness unto the Lord. See verse 6… Who else said this? Jesus did! See Revelation 1:10-18, and 22:12-16. Simply, if Jesus is not God, then He is a blasphemer deserved of the death He died at the hands of the Jews and Romans in the Gospels. Blasphemy was the reason for which they slew Him! Up to verse 21, Isaiah then shows the foolishness of idolatry. Verses 21 thru 23 are another of the many glorious Millennium passages, when Israel will return to God and be made right.
Now, two things, most important. First, how does God distinguish Himself, and His Word from all other gods and all other books? In one word, “prophecy;” foretelling the future. Only God can. Man cannot. Note 44:8, 45:21 and 46:10+11, God says He foretells the future. Then, see 41:23, God challenges the idols of false gods to do the same, as they cannot. Finally, see 45:25+26, where He says He foils the efforts of false prophets, but fulfills the prophecies of His own. Do you see His point? He distinguishes Himself from all others, as only He can. Now, you must get this: 44:28, 45:1 and 45:13 name a prominent world empire ruler. What name is that? Cyrus. What empire will that be? Persia. Isaiah is given this name for us to see… when? Probably right around the year 700 BC. When did Cyrus rise to power to rule? 550 BC! And, he came to conquer Judah and Jerusalem, and commenced to fulfill what we’re about to read of him here, in 539 BC. Who is God, and how does He prove it? Prophecy! How does He show that this is His Word? By a most specific and inexplicable prophecy, namely, Cyrus!!! This is our God! This is His Word!!! 45:21 concludes the matter; seals the deal, as it is said.
Now, 44:24 thru 45:13. 44:28 says Cyrus would order the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple. Turn to Ezra 1:1-4. Fulfillment! Read Isa.45:1-7 and 13. Do you get it? God says how He will prove Himself and His Word, and then gives the most specific prophecy we will find, even naming the very ruler who will do it, more than 150 years before He brings it to pass! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell