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 QUESTION:WHAT FUTURE EVENTS DID THE PROPHET ISAIAH SEE?

                                                   (Part 1 of 2)
ANSWER:

1. Birth of Christ Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7,Isaiah 11:1-3.
2. Calvary Isaiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:1-12.
3. Return of the Jews Isaiah 11:11-16,Isaiah 60:8-16
4. Antichrist Isaiah 14:14-20
5. The great tribulation Isaiah 2:19-21
6. Armageddon Isaiah 26:20-21, Isaiah 11:4-5,Isaiah 63:1-6
7. Millennium Isaiah 35:1-10, Isaiah 11:4-10
8. Millennial temple Isaiah 2:2-4
9. New Jerusalem, new heavens & earth Isaiah 60:18-22, Isaiah 66:22

… and isn’t it incredible that all the 16 prophets writing on three continents over a period of hundreds and hundreds of years … and many of them not knowing of or meeting each other and with no collusion, could write about Jesus Christ, and indeed all of history, with complete and wonderful accuracy.

This simply proves there was only one author of the Bible … God himself.

In hindsight we are not to be surprised their prophecies can be put into three categoriesthe past, the present and the future – what was, what is and what is to come.

Also they write about one man – the was … the is … and the is to come (Rev 1:4, 8; 4:8).

It’s no accident that we can have the following chart comparing the ‘written’ word and the living Word. (The written word is very much a living word but has been placed in brackets to show the difference)

The scriptures called

the word

THE BIBLE

what was, what is and what is to come.

The man called

the Word

JESUS CHRIST

“the was … the is … and the is to come”


The prophet Isaiah was no different with his three groupings of prophecies and showen as following:

GROUP 1
PROPHECIES FULFILLED IN ISAIAH’S OWN LIFETIME  (“THE WAS”)

Judah to be delivered form Syria and Israel (Isaiah 7:4-7, 16)
Syria and Israel to be destroyed by Assyria (Isaiah 8:4; 17:1-4)
Assyria to invade Judah (Isaiah 8:7-8)
Philistines to be conquered (Isaiah 14:28-32)
Moab to be plundered (Isaiah ch15-16)
Egypt and Ethiopia to be conquered by Assyria (Isaiah 20:4)
Arabia to be attacked and plundered (Isaiah 21:13-17)
Tyre to be subdued (Isaiah 23:1-13)
Jerusalem to be delivered from Assyria (See chapter 36)
Hezekiah’s life to be extended by 15 years (3 Isaiah 8:5)

GROUP 2
PROPHECIES FULFILLED AFTER ISAIAH’S LIFETIME  (“THE IS”)

Babylonian captivity (Isaiah 39:5-7)
Babylon to be overthrown by Cyrus (Isaiah 46:11)
Babylon to overthrown by the Medes and Elamites (Isaiah 13:17; 21:2; 48:14)
Babylon’s perpetual destruction (Isaiah 13:20-22)
Cyrus called by name (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1, 4)
Cyrus to conquer the world (Isaiah 41:2-3)
Cyrus to liberate the captives (Isaiah 45:13 )
Cyrus to rebuild Jerusalem (Isaiah 44:28; 45:11)
Israel to be restored (Isaiah 27:12-13; Isaiah 48:20 ; Isaiah 51:14 )
Israel’s religion to seep into Egypt and Assyria (Isaiah 19:18-25)
Israel’s religion to spread out all over the world (Isaiah 27:2-6)
Tyre’s captivity and restoration (Isaiah 23:13-18)
Edom’s perpetual desolation (Isaiah 34:5-17)

Group 3 (“THE IS TO COME”)
1. Birth of Christ
Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 11:1-3.
2. Calvary Isaiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:1-12.
3. Return of the Jews Isaiah 11:11-16, Isaiah 60:8-16
4. Antichrist Isaiah 14:14-20
5. The great tribulation Isaiah 2:19-21
6. Armageddon Isaiah 26:20-21, Isaiah 11:4-5, Isaiah 63:1-6
7. Millennium Isaiah 35:1-10, Isaiah 11:4-10
8. Millennial temple Isaiah 2:2-4
9. New Jerusalem, new heavens & earth Isaiah 60:18-22, Isaiah 66:22

HERE ARE THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES FOR THE THIRD GROUP

Some pointers:
1. Dear reader, read, study and be amazed!
2. Like a computer just scan the following scriptures into your brain.
3. Just wallow in God’s provision of all these scriptures
4. All the prophets were different and wrote different ways, but like the four gospels, what they wrote was like all the pieces of a jigsaw – all perfectly fitting together about the one man!

Dear Reader have you ever had them put together like this before?
Take the time and read them in their entirety.

 1. Birth of Christ Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Isaiah 11:1-3.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7  

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Is 11:1-3 

2. Calvary Isaiah 50:6; 53:1-12

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 50:6

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:1-12

3. Return of the Jews Isaiah 11:11-16; 60:8-16

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. Isaiah 11:11-16

8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 60:8-14

4. Antichrist Isaiah 14:12-20
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Isaiah 14:12-20

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Harley Hitchcock

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