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Flight ISA01
Isaiah 1-27
Skip Heitzig

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Isaiah 1 (NKJV™)
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me;
3 The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master's crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider."
4 Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.
5 Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a hut in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city.
9 Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah:
11 "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
12 "When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts?
13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies--I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
16 "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross, Your wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord says, The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, "Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, And take vengeance on My enemies.
25 I will turn My hand against you, And thoroughly purge away your dross, And take away all your alloy.
26 I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city."
27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, And her penitents with righteousness.
28 The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, And those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees Which you have desired; And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens Which you have chosen.
30 For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, And as a garden that has no water.
31 The strong shall be as tinder, And the work of it as a spark; Both will burn together, And no one shall quench them.
Isaiah 2 (NKJV™)
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
3 Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the LORD.
6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
7 Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made.
9 People bow down, And each man humbles himself; Therefore do not forgive them.
10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty.
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up--And it shall be brought low--
13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, And upon all the oaks of Bashan;
14 Upon all the high mountains, And upon all the hills that are lifted up;
15 Upon every high tower, And upon every fortified wall;
16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all the beautiful sloops.
17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish.
19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver And his idols of gold, Which they made, each for himself to worship, To the moles and bats,
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
22 Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he?
Isaiah 3 (NKJV™)
1 For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah The stock and the store, The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;
2 The mighty man and the man of war, The judge and the prophet, And the diviner and the elder;
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the skillful artisan, And the expert enchanter.
4 "I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over them.
5 The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable."
6 When a man takes hold of his brother In the house of his father, saying, "You have clothing; You be our ruler, And let these ruins be under your power,"
7 In that day he will protest, saying, "I cannot cure your ills, For in my house is neither food nor clothing; Do not make me a ruler of the people."
8 For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the LORD, To provoke the eyes of His glory.
9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
10 "Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths."
13 The LORD stands up to plead, And stands to judge the people.
14 The LORD will enter into judgment With the elders of His people And His princes: "For you have eaten up the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the faces of the poor?" Says the Lord GOD of hosts.
16 Moreover the LORD says: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, And walk with outstretched necks And wanton eyes, Walking and mincing as they go, Making a jingling with their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, And the LORD will uncover their secret parts."
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery: The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents;
19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;
20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; The perfume boxes, the charms,
21 and the rings; The nose jewels,
22 the festal apparel, and the mantles; The outer garments, the purses,
23 and the mirrors; The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.
24 And so it shall be: Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench; Instead of a sash, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, baldness; Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword, And your mighty in the war.
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn, And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
Isaiah 4 (NKJV™)
1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, "We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; Only let us be called by your name, To take away our reproach."
2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.
3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy--everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,
5 then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
Isaiah 5 (NKJV™)
1 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved A song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard On a very fruitful hill.
2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.
3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.
4 What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6 I will lay it waste; It shall not be pruned or dug, But there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds That they rain no rain on it."
7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
8 Woe to those who join house to house; They add field to field, Till there is no place Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
9 In my hearing the LORD of hosts said, "Truly, many houses shall be desolate, Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, And a homer of seed shall yield one ephah."
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink; Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
12 The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the LORD, Nor consider the operation of His hands.
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself And opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
15 People shall be brought down, Each man shall be humbled, And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
17 Then the lambs shall feed in their pasture, And in the waste places of the fat ones strangers shall eat.
18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope;
19 That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it."
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!
24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them And stricken them, And the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, And will whistle to them from the end of the earth; Surely they shall come with speed, swiftly.
27 No one will be weary or stumble among them, No one will slumber or sleep; Nor will the belt on their loins be loosed, Nor the strap of their sandals be broken;
28 Whose arrows are sharp, And all their bows bent; Their horses' hooves will seem like flint, And their wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Their roaring will be like a lion, They will roar like young lions; Yes, they will roar And lay hold of the prey; They will carry it away safely, And no one will deliver.
30 In that day they will roar against them Like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks to the land, Behold, darkness and sorrow; And the light is darkened by the clouds.
Isaiah 6 (NKJV™)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged."
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
9 And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'
10 "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."
11 Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered: "Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, The houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate,
12 The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 But yet a tenth will be in it, And will return and be for consuming, As a terebinth tree or as an oak, Whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump."
Isaiah 7 (NKJV™)
1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2 And it was told to the house of David, saying, "Syria's forces are deployed in Ephraim." So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller's Field,
4 "and say to him: 'Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.
5 'Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying,
6 "Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabel"--
7 'thus says the Lord GOD: "It shall not stand, Nor shall it come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, And the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken, So that it will not be a people.
9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria, And the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If you will not believe, Surely you shall not be established."'"
10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11 "Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above."
12 But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!"
13 Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
15 "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
16 "For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.
17 "The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and your father's house--days that have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah."
18 And it shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will whistle for the fly That is in the farthest part of the rivers of Egypt, And for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 They will come, and all of them will rest In the desolate valleys and in the clefts of the rocks, And on all thorns and in all pastures.
20 In the same day the Lord will shave with a hired razor, With those from beyond the River, with the king of Assyria, The head and the hair of the legs, And will also remove the beard.
21 It shall be in that day That a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep;
22 So it shall be, from the abundance of milk they give, That he will eat curds; For curds and honey everyone will eat who is left in the land.
23 It shall happen in that day, That wherever there could be a thousand vines Worth a thousand shekels of silver, It will be for briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and bows men will come there, Because all the land will become briers and thorns.
25 And to any hill which could be dug with the hoe, You will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; But it will become a range for oxen And a place for sheep to roam.
Isaiah 8 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover the LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll, and write on it with a man's pen concerning Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
2 "And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah."
3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz;
4 "for before the child shall have knowledge to cry 'My father' and 'My mother,' the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria."
5 The LORD also spoke to me again, saying:
6 "Inasmuch as these people refused The waters of Shiloah that flow softly, And rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them The waters of the River, strong and mighty--The king of Assyria and all his glory; He will go up over all his channels And go over all his banks.
8 He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; And the stretching out of his wings Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.
9 "Be shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Give ear, all you from far countries. Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces; Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us."
11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
12 "Do not say, 'A conspiracy,' Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
13 The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread.
14 He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken."
16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.
18 Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.
19 And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?
20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21 They will pass through it hard pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
Isaiah 9 (NKJV™)
1 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.
2 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian.
5 For every warrior's sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
8 The LORD sent a word against Jacob, And it has fallen on Israel.
9 All the people will know--Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria--Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
10 "The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down, But we will replace them with cedars."
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up The adversaries of Rezin against him, And spur his enemies on,
12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind; And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14 Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel, Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
15 The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the LORD will have no joy in their young men, Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows; For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, And every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness burns as the fire; It shall devour the briers and thorns, And kindle in the thickets of the forest; They shall mount up like rising smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts The land is burned up, And the people shall be as fuel for the fire; No man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand And be hungry; He shall devour on the left hand And not be satisfied; Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; Together they shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
Isaiah 10 (NKJV™)
1 "Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, Which they have prescribed
2 To rob the needy of justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless.
3 What will you do in the day of punishment, And in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory?
4 Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners, And they shall fall among the slain." For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
5 "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
6 I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 Yet he does not mean so, Nor does his heart think so; But it is in his heart to destroy, And cut off not a few nations.
8 For he says, 'Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols, Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?'"
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the LORD has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks."
13 For he says: "By the strength of my hand I have done it, And by my wisdom, for I am prudent; Also I have removed the boundaries of the people, And have robbed their treasuries; So I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.
14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, And as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; And there was no one who moved his wing, Nor opened his mouth with even a peep."
15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
16 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Will send leanness among his fat ones; And under his glory He will kindle a burning Like the burning of a fire.
17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire, And his Holy One for a flame; It will burn and devour His thorns and his briers in one day.
18 And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field, Both soul and body; And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 Then the rest of the trees of his forest Will be so few in number That a child may write them.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, To the Mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the Lord GOD of hosts Will make a determined end In the midst of all the land.
24 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt.
25 "For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction."
26 And the LORD of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.
27 It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
28 He has come to Aiath, He has passed Migron; At Michmash he has attended to his equipment.
29 They have gone along the ridge, They have taken up lodging at Geba. Ramah is afraid, Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim! Cause it to be heard as far as Laish--O poor Anathoth!
31 Madmenah has fled, The inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge.
32 As yet he will remain at Nob that day; He will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion, The hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, The LORD of hosts, Will lop off the bough with terror; Those of high stature will be hewn down, And the haughty will be humbled.
34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
Isaiah 11 (NKJV™)
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 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.
3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
6 "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
10 "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious."
11 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 who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea.
12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.
13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; Together they shall plunder the people of the East; They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; And the people of Ammon shall obey them.
15 The LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, And strike it in the seven streams, And make men cross over dry-shod.
16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people Who will be left from Assyria, As it was for Israel In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.
Isaiah 12 (NKJV™)
1 And in that day you will say: "O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'"
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say: "Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!"
Isaiah 13 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 "Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger--Those who rejoice in My exaltation."
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, Like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts musters The army for battle.
5 They come from a far country, From the end of heaven--The LORD and His weapons of indignation, To destroy the whole land.
6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man's heart will melt,
8 And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
11 "I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.
14 It shall be as the hunted gazelle, And as a sheep that no man takes up; Every man will turn to his own people, And everyone will flee to his own land.
15 Everyone who is found will be thrust through, And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished.
17 "Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, Who will not regard silver; And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18 Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; Their eye will not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited, Nor will it be settled from generation to generation; Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches will dwell there, And wild goats will caper there.
22 The hyenas will howl in their citadels, And jackals in their pleasant palaces. Her time is near to come, And her days will not be prolonged."
Isaiah 14 (NKJV™)
1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob.
2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the LORD; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
3 It shall come to pass in the day the LORD gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve,
4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: "How the oppressor has ceased, The golden city ceased!
5 The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of the rulers;
6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations in anger, Is persecuted and no one hinders.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet; They break forth into singing.
8 Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you, And the cedars of Lebanon, Saying, 'Since you were cut down, No woodsman has come up against us.'
9 "Hell from beneath is excited about you, To meet you at your coming; It stirs up the dead for you, All the chief ones of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall speak and say to you: 'Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, And the sound of your stringed instruments; The maggot is spread under you, And worms cover you.'
12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 "Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?'
18 "All the kings of the nations, All of them, sleep in glory, Everyone in his own house;
19 But you are cast out of your grave Like an abominable branch, Like the garment of those who are slain, Thrust through with a sword, Who go down to the stones of the pit, Like a corpse trodden underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with them in burial, Because you have destroyed your land And slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children Because of the iniquity of their fathers, Lest they rise up and possess the land, And fill the face of the world with cities."
22 "For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, And offspring and posterity," says the LORD.
23 "I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, And marshes of muddy water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts.
24 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land, And on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, And his burden removed from their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?"
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
29 "Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, Because the rod that struck you is broken; For out of the serpent's roots will come forth a viper, And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
30 The firstborn of the poor will feed, And the needy will lie down in safety; I will kill your roots with famine, And it will slay your remnant.
31 Wail, O gate! Cry, O city! All you of Philistia are dissolved; For smoke will come from the north, And no one will be alone in his appointed times."
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.
Isaiah 15 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste And destroyed, Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste And destroyed,
2 He has gone up to the temple and Dibon, To the high places to weep. Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba; On all their heads will be baldness, And every beard cut off.
3 In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth; On the tops of their houses And in their streets Everyone will wail, weeping bitterly.
4 Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out, Their voice shall be heard as far as Jahaz; Therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out; His life will be burdensome to him.
5 "My heart will cry out for Moab; His fugitives shall flee to Zoar, Like a three-year-old heifer. For by the Ascent of Luhith They will go up with weeping; For in the way of Horonaim They will raise up a cry of destruction,
6 For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, For the green grass has withered away; The grass fails, there is nothing green.
7 Therefore the abundance they have gained, And what they have laid up, They will carry away to the Brook of the Willows.
8 For the cry has gone all around the borders of Moab, Its wailing to Eglaim And its wailing to Beer Elim.
9 For the waters of Dimon will be full of blood; Because I will bring more upon Dimon, Lions upon him who escapes from Moab, And on the remnant of the land."
Isaiah 16 (NKJV™)
1 Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, From Sela to the wilderness, To the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be as a wandering bird thrown out of the nest; So shall be the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.
3 "Take counsel, execute judgment; Make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day; Hide the outcasts, Do not betray him who escapes.
4 Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab; Be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler. For the extortioner is at an end, Devastation ceases, The oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 In mercy the throne will be established; And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness."
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab--He is very proud--Of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; But his lies shall not be so.
7 Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab; Everyone shall wail. For the foundations of Kir Hareseth you shall mourn; Surely they are stricken.
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, And the vine of Sibmah; The lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants, Which have reached to Jazer And wandered through the wilderness. Her branches are stretched out, They are gone over the sea.
9 Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, With the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; For battle cries have fallen Over your summer fruits and your harvest.
10 Gladness is taken away, And joy from the plentiful field; In the vineyards there will be no singing, Nor will there be shouting; No treaders will tread out wine in the presses; I have made their shouting cease.
11 Therefore my heart shall resound like a harp for Moab, And my inner being for Kir Heres.
12 And it shall come to pass, When it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, That he will come to his sanctuary to pray; But he will not prevail.
13 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning Moab since that time.
14 But now the LORD has spoken, saying, "Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble."
Isaiah 17 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against Damascus. "Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, The kingdom from Damascus, And the remnant of Syria; They will be as the glory of the children of Israel," Says the LORD of hosts.
4 "In that day it shall come to pass That the glory of Jacob will wane, And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, And reaps the heads with his arm; It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain In the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, Like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, Four or five in its most fruitful branches," Says the LORD God of Israel.
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not look to the altars, The work of his hands; He will not respect what his fingers have made, Nor the wooden images nor the incense altars.
9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough And an uppermost branch, Which they left because of the children of Israel; And there will be desolation.
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, Therefore you will plant pleasant plants And set out foreign seedlings;
11 In the day you will make your plant to grow, And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; But the harvest will be a heap of ruins In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas, And to the rushing of nations That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.
Isaiah 18 (NKJV™)
1 Woe to the land shadowed with buzzing wings, Which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,
2 Which sends ambassadors by sea, Even in vessels of reed on the waters, saying, "Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth of skin, To a people terrible from their beginning onward, A nation powerful and treading down, Whose land the rivers divide."
3 All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth: When he lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; And when he blows a trumpet, you hear it.
4 For so the LORD said to me, "I will take My rest, And I will look from My dwelling place Like clear heat in sunshine, Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
5 For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect And the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks And take away and cut down the branches.
6 They will be left together for the mountain birds of prey And for the beasts of the earth; The birds of prey will summer on them, And all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.
7 In that time a present will be brought to the LORD of hosts From a people tall and smooth of skin, And from a people terrible from their beginning onward, A nation powerful and treading down, Whose land the rivers divide--To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, To Mount Zion.
Isaiah 19 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, And will come into Egypt; The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
2 "I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; I will destroy their counsel, And they will consult the idols and the charmers, The mediums and the sorcerers.
4 And the Egyptians I will give Into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them," Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
5 The waters will fail from the sea, And the river will be wasted and dried up.
6 The rivers will turn foul; The brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up; The reeds and rushes will wither.
7 The papyrus reeds by the River, by the mouth of the River, And everything sown by the River, Will wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishermen also will mourn; All those will lament who cast hooks into the River, And they will languish who spread nets on the waters.
9 Moreover those who work in fine flax And those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed;
10 And its foundations will be broken. All who make wages will be troubled of soul.
11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools; Pharaoh's wise counselors give foolish counsel. How do you say to Pharaoh, "I am the son of the wise, The son of ancient kings?"
12 Where are they? Where are your wise men? Let them tell you now, And let them know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools; The princes of Noph are deceived; They have also deluded Egypt, Those who are the mainstay of its tribes.
14 The LORD has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst; And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 Neither will there be any work for Egypt, Which the head or tail, Palm branch or bulrush, may do.
16 In that day Egypt will be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He waves over it.
17 And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts which He has determined against it.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.
21 Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.
22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land,
25 whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."
Isaiah 20 (NKJV™)
1 In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it,
2 at the same time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, "Go, and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet." And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 Then the LORD said, "Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia,
4 "so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5 "Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory.
6 "And the inhabitant of this territory will say in that day, 'Surely such is our expectation, wherever we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and how shall we escape?'"
Isaiah 21 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against the Wilderness of the Sea. As whirlwinds in the South pass through, So it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
2 A distressing vision is declared to me; The treacherous dealer deals treacherously, And the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media! All its sighing I have made to cease.
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it; I was dismayed when I saw it.
4 My heart wavered, fearfulness frightened me; The night for which I longed He turned into fear for me.
5 Prepare the table, Set a watchman in the tower, Eat and drink. Arise, you princes, Anoint the shield!
6 For thus has the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees."
7 And he saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, A chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels, And he listened earnestly with great care.
8 Then he cried, "A lion, my Lord! I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime; I have sat at my post every night.
9 And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!" Then he answered and said, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground."
10 Oh, my threshing and the grain of my floor! That which I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I have declared to you.
11 The burden against Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?"
12 The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; Return! Come back!"
13 The burden against Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanites.
14 O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Bring water to him who is thirsty; With their bread they met him who fled.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, From the bent bow, and from the distress of war.
16 For thus the LORD has said to me: "Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail;
17 "and the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the people of Kedar, will be diminished; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken it."
Isaiah 22 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against the Valley of Vision. What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
2 You who are full of noise, A tumultuous city, a joyous city? Your slain men are not slain with the sword, Nor dead in battle.
3 All your rulers have fled together; They are captured by the archers. All who are found in you are bound together; They have fled from afar.
4 Therefore I said, "Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; Do not labor to comfort me Because of the plundering of the daughter of my people."
5 For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity By the Lord GOD of hosts In the Valley of Vision--Breaking down the walls And of crying to the mountain.
6 Elam bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, And Kir uncovered the shield.
7 It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots, And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
8 He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest;
9 You also saw the damage to the city of David, That it was great; And you gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, And the houses you broke down To fortify the wall.
11 You also made a reservoir between the two walls For the water of the old pool. But you did not look to its Maker, Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day the Lord GOD of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, For baldness and for girding with sackcloth.
13 But instead, joy and gladness, Slaying oxen and killing sheep, Eating meat and drinking wine: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"
14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the LORD of hosts, "Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, Even to your death," says the Lord GOD of hosts.
15 Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "Go, proceed to this steward, To Shebna, who is over the house, and say:
16 'What have you here, and whom have you here, That you have hewn a sepulcher here, As he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, Who carves a tomb for himself in a rock?
17 Indeed, the LORD will throw you away violently, O mighty man, And will surely seize you.
18 He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball Into a large country; There you shall die, and there your glorious chariots Shall be the shame of your master's house.
19 So I will drive you out of your office, And from your position he will pull you down.
20 'Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;
21 I will clothe him with your robe And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah.
22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father's house.
24 'They will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers.
25 'In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.'"
Isaiah 23 (NKJV™)
1 The burden against Tyre. Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, So that there is no house, no harbor; From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon, Whom those who cross the sea have filled.
3 And on great waters the grain of Shihor, The harvest of the River, is her revenue; And she is a marketplace for the nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon; For the sea has spoken, The strength of the sea, saying, "I do not labor, nor bring forth children; Neither do I rear young men, Nor bring up virgins."
5 When the report reaches Egypt, They also will be in agony at the report of Tyre.
6 Cross over to Tarshish; Wail, you inhabitants of the coastland!
7 Is this your joyous city, Whose antiquity is from ancient days, Whose feet carried her far off to dwell?
8 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, Whose merchants are princes, Whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, To bring to dishonor the pride of all glory, To bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.
10 Overflow through your land like the River, O daughter of Tarshish; There is no more strength.
11 He stretched out His hand over the sea, He shook the kingdoms; The LORD has given a commandment against Canaan To destroy its strongholds.
12 And He said, "You will rejoice no more, O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, cross over to Cyprus; There also you will have no rest."
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans, This people which was not; Assyria founded it for wild beasts of the desert. They set up its towers, They raised up its palaces, And brought it to ruin.
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For your strength is laid waste.
15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 "Take a harp, go about the city, You forgotten harlot; Make sweet melody, sing many songs, That you may be remembered."
17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 Her gain and her pay will be set apart for the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.
Isaiah 24 (NKJV™)
1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be: As with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress; As with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, For the LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish.
5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left.
7 The new wine fails, the vine languishes, All the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth of the tambourine ceases, The noise of the jubilant ends, The joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down; Every house is shut up, so that none may go in.
11 There is a cry for wine in the streets, All joy is darkened, The mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city desolation is left, And the gate is stricken with destruction.
13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people, It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree, Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; For the majesty of the LORD They shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore glorify the LORD in the dawning light, The name of the LORD God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: "Glory to the righteous!" But I said, "I am ruined, ruined! Woe to me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously, Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously."
17 Fear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.
19 The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.
21 It shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth.
22 They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished.
23 Then the moon will be disgraced And the sun ashamed; For the LORD of hosts will reign On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem And before His elders, gloriously.
Isaiah 25 (NKJV™)
1 O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For You have made a city a ruin, A fortified city a ruin, A palace of foreigners to be a city no more; It will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You; The city of the terrible nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 You will reduce the noise of aliens, As heat in a dry place; As heat in the shadow of a cloud, The song of the terrible ones will be diminished.
6 And in this mountain The LORD of hosts will make for all people A feast of choice pieces, A feast of wines on the lees, Of fat things full of marrow, Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain The surface of the covering cast over all people, And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
10 For on this mountain the hand of the LORD will rest, And Moab shall be trampled down under Him, As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst As a swimmer reaches out to swim, And He will bring down their pride Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The fortress of the high fort of your walls He will bring down, lay low, And bring to the ground, down to the dust.
Isaiah 26 (NKJV™)
1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
5 For He brings down those who dwell on high, The lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down--The feet of the poor And the steps of the needy."
7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You.
9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed For their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
12 LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
13 O LORD our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name.
14 They are dead, they will not live; They are deceased, they will not rise. Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And made all their memory to perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.
16 LORD, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
17 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain.
Isaiah 27 (NKJV™)
1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing to her, "A vineyard of red wine!
3 I, the LORD, keep it, I water it every moment; Lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in Me. Who would set briers and thorns Against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold of My strength, That he may make peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me."
6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, And fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him? Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
8 In measure, by sending it away, You contended with it. He removes it by His rough wind In the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered; And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: When he makes all the stones of the altar Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust, Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.
10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate, The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down And consume its branches.
11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off; The women come and set them on fire. For it is a people of no understanding; Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them, And He who formed them will show them no favor.
12 And it shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will thresh, From the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; And you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.
13 So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown; They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

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The prophet Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years and spanned the reigns of four kings in Judah. His prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other prophet's. In this first flight over Isaiah, we focus on his prophecies of condemnation that pulled no punches and pointed out Israel's need for God.

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Isaiah 1-27 - The Bible from 30,000 Feet - Skip Heitzig - Flight ISA01

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The Bible from 30,000 Feet, soaring through the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

So turn in your Bibles to the Book of Isaiah or we should say Yesha'yahu. Can you try to say that with me?

Yesha'yahu.

Yesha'yahu is how you say his name. He wasn't born in Rochester, New York or in California or New Mexico. He was born in Israel. And so his original pronunciation was Yesha'yahu . And Yesha'yahu, a.k.a. anglicized Isaiah, was a prophet during four kings-- actually, five. The last one may have actually killed him, according to tradition.

But Isaiah is like the prophets' prophet. He's like the most influential of the prophets. Sometimes God calls people to obscure ministries. Other times, He calls them to very influential ministries. And Isaiah would fall in the latter category.

He really had entrance into the palace. Some Jewish traditions hold that he was actually part of the royal family, if not at least an aristocratic family in Jerusalem. So well-known, well-connected, probably his pockets well-lined originally.

But he got a call from God in his life. You'll see that call in chapter 6. As we begin-- and, again, this is a survey of half of the book. The Bible has how many books in it?

66.

66 books in the Bible, Old and New Testament. The Book of Isaiah has interestingly 66 chapters. If you look at the Bible, the Old Testament has 39 books. The New Testament has 27 books. If you look at the Book of Isaiah, once again, it's fascinating that of those 66 chapters, the first 39 chapters are markedly different from the second part of the book, the last 27.

In fact, the style is completely different. The subject is completely different. The focus is completely different. First part is mostly condemnation. The second part is mostly salvation, as the Old Testament has a theme of God's sovereignty, God's majesty, God's work through the nations but condemning a world apart from the good news of salvation introduced in the New Testament.

So there are similarities between the Book of Isaiah and the Bible itself. Now, I don't think that's necessarily-- well, let me put it this way. We got chapters and verses in the year 1227. So Isaiah wasn't writing chapter 1, verse 1. He was just writing.

And it wasn't until 1227 that Stephen Langton, the then archbishop of Canterbury, decided to make it easy and put numbers for chapters and versus. But it's just interesting how they coincide-- 66 chapters, 66 books of the Bible.

The first part is chapter 1 through 39. And these are prophecies of condemnation. Let's just call it that, prophecies of-- not all of the material is condemning material. There's some lighter moments and some highlights. But generally, they are prophecies of condemnation. Judgment is proclaimed. Strong pronouncements are made from God through the prophet Isaiah.

Then chapters 40 through 66, that second part of the book, are prophecies of consolation. It's a different style altogether. So prominently in the first section of Isaiah, chapter 1 through 39, it's government and law. Those are the grand themes, government and law, both God's government and legal government, government and law. The second part of the book-- grace and love. You'll see it. You'll see it when we go through it next time.

Now, Isaiah the prophet happens to be the most frequently quoted Old Testament book prophet quoted from the Old Testament in the New Testament. It's very obvious that the New Testament authors knew the prophecies of Isaiah, especially in reference to the Messiah.

It's interesting that John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus who came and announced the Messiah-- when he first comes on the scene, he quotes out of the Book of Isaiah. "A voice of one crying in the wilderness," he says. "Make straight the way of the Lord." Right out of the Book of Isaiah, chapter 40.

Jesus quoted from the Book of Isaiah when He started His ministry. He went into Nazareth. Remember when He went into the synagogue? And He was the speaker who walked up to the podium. He opened up the scroll to Isaiah chapter 61. And He began, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor."

And He worked His way through the prophecy, closed the scroll, and He said, "Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." I'm here to fulfill what Isaiah predicted, quoting Isaiah chapter 61. 21 times Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament. He is called the messianic prophet.

He is the only prophet in Scripture to specifically predict the Messiah will be born of a virgin. There are other allusions to it. But the specific reference comes out of Isaiah chapter 7, that the woman, the virgin will conceive-- the Lord will give you a sign. A virgin will conceive and bear a son. And she'll call His name Immanuel, Matthew says, which is translated God with us. It is the messianic prophecy that specifically mentions the virgin birth.

Also, Isaiah is the only prophet that calls Satan Lucifer. We understand one of his names because of the prophecy of Isaiah. Now, he's not the only one to speak about Satan. There are two Old Testament prophets that speak about Lucifer, Satan, the devil and give a little more description. One is Isaiah. The other is Ezekiel.

But in Isaiah chapter 14, we get the name Lucifer. "How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning." O you who did weaken the nations, you're cut down to the ground, for you said in your heart, I will ascend above the throne of God. I will rise up to the stars of God. I will be like the most high. So his name is given in the Book of Isaiah.

Now, Isaiah-- Yesha'yahu is a Hebrew word that means salvation is of the Lord or the salvation of the Lord, the salvation of God. Now, that's an interesting name because the word salvation shows up 31 times in the 66 chapters of Isaiah. OK, now we haven't even started in verse 1 yet, and we have 39 chapters to go. I know. Again, 30,000 feet. So hold on.

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Some people-- Dr. Collins was mentioning that Isaiah was written by Isaiah. He said that. And I agree with him. But not everybody would agree with him. There are some scholars who are of the more liberal persuasion in scholarship. They do not regard any miraculous occurrences in the Scripture. They don't believe that God orchestrated the writing of the text.

So they have come up with an interesting theory called the Deutero-Isaiah theory that there wasn't one Isaiah, one author, but two authors, that chapters 1 through 39 was written by Isaiah. but chapters 40 through 66 was written around 540 BC after the captivity and by either a student of Isaiah or just by somebody else.

So they come up with the two author or Deutero-Isaiah theory. Now, there's another theory called the Trito-- T-R-I-T-O-- Isaiah theory, that the last 11 chapters were penned by yet another author. So these crazy things get spun, and people get fascinated by them. And they get shaken by them when the college professor says that. And they come and ask us, well, I heard this. And then they're all weirded out in their faith.

All you have to do is look at the New Testament authors who were Jewish who were closer to the time they were uttered or penned than we are. So you have John who quotes both sections of Isaiah, the first part and the second part, what they were called Deutero-Isaiah written by somebody other than Isaiah.

And when he quotes the first part and when he quotes the second part, he says, "As was spoken by Isaiah the prophet." Even Jesus Himself quotes out of the second part of Isaiah, saying that it was Isaiah who said it.

So that's good enough for me-- the authors of the Scripture, Jewish in their orientation, much closer to the events that happened than we are. It wasn't really until the last century that people started disputing the idea of Isaiah writing it. So those are the theories of the authorship of Isaiah.

You're going to see that Isaiah ministered during the reign of four kings. That's verse 1 of chapter 1. The four kings are mentioned. Actually, there is another king that is not mentioned where Isaiah ended his ministry during this king. And that is one of the most wicked men in all of the Bible called King Manesseh.

Now, I bring him up because tradition says that Isaiah died by King Manesseh murdering him. And the tradition is they took the prophet Isaiah, took a hollowed-out log, put Isaiah in that hollowed-out log in a very uncomfortable position, then took a huge saw, and sawed the log in half, cutting him in two. That's the tradition.

I'm bringing that up because in the New Testament Book of Hebrews, in that hall of fame, of faith-- remember that section-- it says, "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of aliens." Not from outer space but foreigners.

"Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourges, yes, of chains and imprisonments. They were stoned." Again, literally. Not--

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--the other way. "They were stoned. They were sawn in two." The writer of Hebrews says, "Sawn in two. They were tempted, slain by the sword. They wandered about in sheep skins and goat skins," et cetera. It's believed that the author of Hebrews was alluding to that tradition and thus, perhaps because if he's referring to Isaiah, the fact that it was Manesseh who killed him by sawing him in two.

Now, something else I got to tell you. In 1946, a great discovery was made just south of the Dead Sea in these little rocky, sandy hills in the ancient Essene community. They're called the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scroll of Isaiah itself was found-- 24 feet long, a single huge scroll.

What we had in the Dead Sea Scrolls when we discovered that-- when they discovered that-- I wasn't around, 1946. But when they discovered that in 1946, now what they had in their hands was not only Isaiah but all these other Old Testament books. We had an Old Testament manuscript 1,100 years older than the earliest manuscript we had until that date.

You follow me? Up till that date, the oldest Old Testament manuscript in existence was called the Ben Asher codex discovered in Egypt, which is the basis for what we call the Masoretic Text, which your Old Testament is based off of the Masoretic Text.

So the Masoretic Text is around 1895 AD. That was the oldest text we had. Now, in finding the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholarship has a text of the Old Testament 1,100 years earlier. OK, stop right there. There must be lots of mistakes and discrepancies if you have something 1,100 years earlier than that.

Let's see what it really said, and let's see how different it is with that passage of time. You would expect enormous differences. When they examined the scroll of Isaiah, the only thing they discovered was the absence of mistakes. Only nine Hebrew letters were different. Just variant spellings is all.

Nine letters difference from the Ben Asher codex, Masoretic Text, and the Dead Sea Scrolls 1,100 years later. Shows you the meticulous nature of the copying and recopying of the scribes in their discipline. Amazing. Wanted to bring that up. I get stoked at that stuff.

OK, so part 1, yeah, the Book of Isaiah, we got to get to this. OK, so the first part, first 39 chapters all about condemnation, proclamations of judgment, announcements of judgment on Judah, on surrounding nations, on Babylon, on Assyria, and on Israel as well as Israel and Judah together.

And then there's a little interesting section. I'm just giving you a little prelude to where we're going tonight. There's this little intermission that is four chapters long, chapters 24 through 27, which I'm just going to whet your appetite with now, and I'll explain it as we get to it.

One of the notable features of all prophecy, and it's seen in Isaiah, though we're not going to be able to really uncover this-- we have done it in the past-- is the near/far fulfillment. Are you familiar with that? So the prophets-- picture it this way. They wore bifocals. I'm doing that because I have to do that.

I have a progressive lens, they call it. It's progressive in that it's just sort of-- you can see up close, but then as you work your way up to the top of the lens, you can see at a distance. And I find that I need that or I need the contacts I have in my head right now, one to focus on up close, one to focus at a distance.

That's how the prophets often wrote. With one part of their meaning, part of their vision, they were focusing up close on something that would happen in the very near future, given the circumstances around them at the time. And at the same time, like a variable focal length on a camera, they could zoom out to the future.

So in one breath, they might say something's going to happen in a few years, and it did. But then that becomes a template of a greater fulfillment. And it's obvious by the context that it is far reaching, sometimes worldwide, et cetera. So there is a near/far fulfillment. The prophets did this a lot. It's one of the particular aspects of Hebrew prophecy.

So Isaiah chapter 1, verse 1, we begin with the denunciation against Judah. Do you know what I mean when I say Judah? Do you know what I mean when I say Israel? Once again, let me give you the delineation. Judah is the name not of just the tribe.

But now when I say it in Isaiah, I'm speaking of the Southern kingdom of two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. When I say Israel, I don't mean all the 12 tribes. I mean 10 tribes that are up north, the rest of the 12 tribes. So 2 and 10-- Israel is the 10 tribes. Judah are the two southern tribes. Judah is the southern kingdom.

Isaiah is a prophet to the southern kingdom, those two tribes. And this is a denunciation of Judah for their failure to trust God. Verse 1-- "The vision of Yesha'yahu," or Isaiah, "the son of Amoz," not the son of Amos. Amos was a prophet.

By the way, he was a prophet concurrent to Isaiah. He was a contemporary of Isaiah. But he was preaching to the northern kingdom, so he's not around. Amoz is somebody different. We don't know anything about him other than his name.

So Isaiah was the son of Amoz, "which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah." And it describes them as kings of Judah. Why is that important? It tells us how long this dude's ministry was-- 50 years in the pulpit. Isaiah preached for about 50 years. He influenced the nation for 50 years. I know I've only made it through one verse.

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Bear with me. You were hoping that I would do it in three weeks instead of two. You might get your wish.

Yeah.

When you think of a prophet, you think of them foretelling the future, right? That's only part of prophecy. The other part of prophecy is forthtelling, speaking forth at the circumstance, at the time of need the nation was going through. It would be a message of God speaking forth to the nation about what they were going through.

Isaiah isn't just foretelling their future, but he is forthtelling their failure, their failure to obey God. Now, what do I mean, failure to obey God? One of the problems Judah had, same temptation that Israel up north had, and that is making alliances with other nations for protection rather than just trusting God.

It's hard to do, trusting God for your well-being, for your future. After all, the Assyrians had already captured and occupied the northern kingdom in 722 BC. I know you know that date already. We've gone through it. 722 BC, the Assyrians took over and occupied the northern kingdom.

150 years later, the southern kingdom is still a free nation. They're not under the Assyrian occupation. But the Assyrians are marching toward them. So they are facing the temptation to go make an alliance with a big superpower down south called Egypt.

If you'll be our friends, we'll sign a treaty. We'll give you a bunch of money. And then if the big bad Babylonians come and start wanting to beat us up, you be the big brother who beats them up. Deal? Deal. That's the alliance.

The northern kingdom tried that and failed. They did make an alliance with Egypt. 722 BC came along. The Assyrians still took them over. Isaiah is speaking to the south, telling them, don't make the same mistake. Verse 2-- "Hear, O heaven. Give ear, O earth, for the Lord has spoken-- 'I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me.

The ox knows its owner, the donkey its master's crib. But Israel does not know. My people do not consider. Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evil doers, children who are corruptors. They have forsaken the Lord. They have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel. They have turned away backward."

Verse 12-- "When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand to trample My courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices. Incense is an abomination to Me. The new moons, the Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies-- I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates. They are a trouble to Me. I am weary of bearing them."

What's all this about? What is God referring to through Isaiah? He's speaking about all the prayers, all the religious feasts, all the sacrifices that God established. Do you get that? God told him to do it. Now God says, oh, when you do it, it stinks.

Well, wait a minute. You're the one that told us to do that stuff, to make those sacrifices, make these prayers, go to the temple courts, bring the animals. Now You're saying, don't trouble Me with that stuff. You know why? Because God never separates the worship you bring and the worshipper who brings it.

We separate that. We try to compartmentalize that. This is who I am when I come to church. This is who I am really in the real world. God says, I see you all the time. I don't separate your worship from you the worshipper. I know how you're living. But then you're being religious when you come to the temple. And God says, I've had enough.

"When you spread"-- verse 15-- "out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you. Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood." Verse 18, here's the answer. "'Come now, let us reason together,' says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'"

Isaiah from here onward launches into a series of sermons denouncing the sins of the people and the sins of their leaders. I want you to go to chapter 5 to a familiar passage. Verse 1-- "Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard. My Well-beloved had a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.

He dug it up, cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst. He also made a wine press in it. So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes. 'And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge please between Me and My vineyard.'"

Here's a picture of God planting a vineyard, giving every opportunity to the ground to produce fruit. But it is fruitless. So He's not going to continue to work it. And He asked the people listening to this, judge between Me and My vineyard. What should be done?

This should ring a bell. It should ring a bell because Jesus gave a parable called the Parable of the Vinedressers. Do you remember that parable in Matthew 21? He said to the crowd one day, let Me tell you a story.

There's a guy who owned a vineyard. And he put a hedge around the vineyard. And he planted it with the choicest vine. And he built a wine press in it. And he even put a tower on it as a lookout tower. So he just dolled the place up.

Then he rented it out to tenant farmers. And about vintage time, he decided, I want to see how that vineyard is doing and take some of its fruit. That was his prerogative. So he sent servants to go gather some of the product. And Jesus said, when they came, those servants were beaten up, stoned, and killed. So he sent more, and they did the same.

Finally, the owner said, I know what I'll do. I'll send my own son. Surely they'll respect him. As soon, Jesus said, as they saw the son, they said, that's the heir. Let's kill him. And the inheritance will be ours. And Jesus asked them to judge what God should do. And they all say, got to destroy those people and give it to others.

And Jesus basically said, OK, you'll get your wish. He's going to take it from you, Israel, and give it to the Gentiles, which caused quite a reaction. The Scripture says they perceived that He spoke this parable against them. They knew this parable. That's why they perceived it was against them. He is using the very words of Isaiah to give that parable in Matthew 21.

So Isaiah is painting a very bleak picture but not a hopeless one because in the midst of the mess comes a messenger. I like that about God. We say, oh, the world's so dark. What a mess. Awesome time, great opportunity, perfect timing for a messenger.

Send a messenger in the midst of the mess who brings the message of light. And so the messenger is Isaiah the prophet. Chapter 6, his calling comes to us as God gives him a vision of His majesty to prepare him, the prophet Isaiah, and to prosecute them, the people of the land.

Verse 1-- "In the year that King Uzziah's died"-- very significant little phrase. Now we can date this prophecy. 739 BC is when King Uzziah, good king who had reigned for about 51, 52 years, brought great reforms. But the good king is dead.

And when you have a good leader who's been a good leader and brought economic stability and righteousness for 52 years, when that leader dies, people have a tendency to go, oh, no, now what? Now we're lost. Now we're toast. The throne is empty. And probably Isaiah was thinking, oh, man, the throne is empty. So God gives him a vision of His own throne.

"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim," angelic beings. "Each one had six wings. With two, he covered his face." So they couldn't look directly at God.

"With two, he covered his feet," acknowledging the lowliness of their position before God. "And with two, he flew." How fun would that be? "And one cried to another and said, 'Holy, holy, holy.'" He's not just holy. And he's not just holy, holy. He's holy, holy, holy. This is called the Trisagion or the thrice repetition of the word holy, acknowledging his supreme holiness.

"'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.' And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out. And the house was filled with smoke. And so I said, 'woe is me.'" Now, Isaiah was influential. Isaiah perhaps was even royalty. Certainly he was upper echelon, upper crust, blue blood.

So it would be easy for a guy like Isaiah to go, wow is me. I just saw a vision of God. Wow is me. I've heard people on television-- I had a vision, a dream of God. And they write books about it. And it's like, wow is me. Not Isaiah. He saw god and said, "Woe is me."

[LAUGHTER]

And that's important. "Woe is me, for I am undone because I'm a man of unclean lips. I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." You see, when you get a true vision of God, you see yourself in the light of who God is.

And it's never wow is me. It's wow is God, but woe is me because I see myself next to him. Peter, when he recognized it was Jesus who calmed the sea and could walk on water and that He is the Son of God, he realized he was in the boat with Him, Peter just said this. "Depart from me, Lord. I'm a sinful man." Not get a picture with me and Jesus. I'm going to post it.

[LAUGHTER]

It's like I'm not even fit to be seen with you. "Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar." Speaks of cleansing from sin. "And he touched my mouth with it, and he said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips. Your iniquity is taken away. Your sin is purged.'" Special cleansing for special service. He's called to be a great prophet.

"So I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me.'" So this important vision-- in a leaderless kingdom, God is still in charge on the throne, sending a messenger with a message in the midst of the mess.

Now, in chapter 7 and 9, even in this midst of condemnation and negative proclamation, in the early ministry of Isaiah, there are predictions of the Messiah, his birth and his reign. But it is going to be fulfilled in the future. But it's couched in the local prophecies about the king on the throne at the time, King Ahaz.

So for example, chapter 7, verse 14, that famous prophetic passage-- "The Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and call his name Immanuel." That's chapter 7. That's the famous prophecy. Followed by chapter 8, where we have the birth of Isaiah's own son, his second son with the longest name of any kid ever-- Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

Poor kid. You know Johnny Cash used to sing that song, "A Boy Named Sue"? How about a boy named Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz? You think he would be made fun of? Yeah, I bet he was. It's an odd name. And if you're looking for biblical names, please skip that one. It would be an odd baby dedication.

But the name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Bar means speed the spoil, hasten the booty. And the name of the son was a prophecy of the coming judgment, that they're going to despoil the surrounding region of Jerusalem and Judea. Judgment is coming soon, in other words.

Followed by chapter 9. So you got 7, 8, and 9-- another messianic prophecy. Chapter 6-- "For unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given. The government will be upon his shoulders." And it's over the house of David, et cetera. So you have this kind of mix of local and far off, hopeless, hopeful prophecies all in one.

John Phillips, who wrote commentaries, his comments on this book-- he said this one moment, his book is black with the thunder and darkness of the storm, the next the rainbow shines through, and he sweeps readers on to the golden age that still lies ahead. Get used to that near and far stuff. Isaiah does it a lot.

Again, we see in chapter 11, verse 1, great prediction of Jesus. "There shall come forth a Rod." My Bible has a capital R. Does yours? R, Rod, because the translators are saying, we believe this refers to a person, the Messiah, Jesus. "There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse. A branch shall grow out of his roots."

Jesse, the Father of David, David whose dynasty God promised blessing and eternal kingdom to. David, the tree of David almost cut down, right? Because the kingdom was divided, split, two down south, 10 up north. Now there's a threat of captivity. The 10 northern tribes are already gone into captivity.

Now Judah is threatened with captivity and will indeed go into captivity. So if you were to look at the lineage of David and the promises God made to King David as a tree, man, that tree got chopped down. But go down to that stump. And look really closely at that stuff.

And you'll see this little stem just poking up through that dead wood, it would seem, but not dead-- a little stem, a little rod coming up. What's that? There's still life in it. And that life will blossom one day. There's going to be a branch. And that branch is the Messiah, the son of David, the offspring of King David.

And you say, well, how do you know it speaks of a person? Maybe it speaks of the nation. Because of Verse 2-- "The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him," singular, "the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." So here is Isaiah predicting a future restoration under this branch under the Messiah.

Chapters 13 through 23 are a bunch of burdens, they're called in the Scripture, burdens-- the burden against this nation, the burden against that nation. A burden is a pronouncement. It is an oracle. Isaiah got a message from God.

It weighed on him. It was a burden to him. And he unbore, unleashed his burden on the people. He was faithful to give it to them. So there's nine nations. I'm just going to read through them, just brush through them, nine burdens with nine nations.

Here's the deal about these nations. All of the nations mentioned are nations that had some contact with the nation of the Jews, Israel and Judah. Let's just call it Israel here. They touched Israel usually negatively. They hassled the Jews. So God said, I'm going to hassle you. You hassle Israel, I'm going to hassle you.

So chapter 13, verse 1-- "The burden against Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw." Followed by Assyria and Philistia, chapter 14. Followed by chapter 16, Moab, eastern side of the Jordan River. Followed by Damascus up in Syria, a superpower, chapter 17. Followed by Ethiopia in chapter 18. The burden against Egypt in chapter 19. The burden against Babylon again and Edom in chapter 21. And then chapter 23, the city of Tyre.

As I go through this list, you know what comes to my mind? What we read in the Book of Ecclesiastes. There is nothing new under the sun. These are the nations still hassling the Jews. To this day, many of them would love to see Israel annihilated completely, calling Israel the great Satan and the United States the little Satan. Not all of them, but many of them. They're occupied by people who deny the legitimacy of Israel to exist.

Now, why are these burdens given? Answer-- probably to reassure the Jewish people in the midst of conflict, later on in the midst of captivity that God still is on the throne, that God still has a plan. He's reassuring them of that great promise in Genesis chapter 12-- "Whoever blesses Israel I will bless. Whoever curses Israel I will curse."

So he's saying, don't despair. I'm going to punish Israel and Judah, the Jews. I'm going to punish them. But then I'm going to punish the people I used to punish them because they are still responsible. They are the ones saying, let's get rid of those Jews.

Let's mount siege engines against them, and let's annihilate them and destroy them. So that is in their heart to do that. I'm going to hold them responsible for their choice. But in their choice, because I'm God and I'm sovereign, I'm going to actually use them as a chastening rod for my people. Do you understand?

So if you don't, let me reinforce that with-- the prophet Habakkuk complained to God that his own people, the children of Israel, were sinful and bad and doing wrong things. And, God, you ought to punish them. So God says, well, Habakkuk, since you're bringing it up, I want you to know that I'm going to do something that's going to cause your ears to tingle and everybody else who hears about it.

I'm actually bringing the Babylonians as my chastening rod to take your people captive. I am going to do something about it. Then Habakkuk gets all mad again at God. God, I know we're bad, but they're worse. Why would you use somebody worse to get at somebody bad? Because it's going to work.

[LAUGHTER]

It's going to work. It's going to cause repentance. And I'm going to bring you back into the land. And for their sin of wanting to destroy you, don't worry. I'll get them. It's an amazing display of God's sovereignty. So it's sort of like this. Let's say I break into your house. I never would.

[LAUGHTER]

But for the sake of analogy, you see, hey, Pastor Skip is breaking into our house.

[LAUGHTER]

And so you call the police, rightly so. You call them to protect yourself. But when the police come to arrest me to protect you, they discover in your house a meth lab.

[LAUGHTER]

Now it's different. And they notice above your fireplace the original Mona Lisa that you've stolen from the Louvre in Paris. And so now you're really in trouble. They've come to arrest me, and they're going to get me for what I did. But you're also guilty of crime. So guess what? You're going to probably be in longer than I am. So God is using all of that this way.

Chapter 23, verse 1-- "The burden"-- there it is again. "The burden against Tyre." You know Tyre. It's right up on the Mediterranean coast, north of Israel, modern day Lebanon, ancient Venetia. "The burden against Tyre. Wail"-- now listen carefully to this prophecy.

"Wail, you ships of Tarshish. For it is laid waste so that there is no house, no harbor. From the land of Cyprus, it is revealed to them. Be still, you inhabitants of the coast land, you merchants of Sidon"-- that city next to Tyre-- "whom those who cross the sea have filled." Stop there.

After this prediction was made, Tyre, the city of Tyre was besieged five times. The last time it was besieged, it was destroyed by a guy named Alexander. Yes, that Alexander, Alexander the Great. Now, it says here in verse 2, "whom those who crossed the sea have filled," right? So you got that before you.

Now listen to this. This is another prophecy to the same city out of Ezekiel chapter 26. God says, "I will scrape her dust from her and make her like the top of the rock." OK, hold those thoughts.

Philip of Macedon, ruler of Macedonia, had a boy named Alexander. He didn't think he'd amount to much. He thought Alex was a good kid, but he's not going to really be much of anything. He's a bookworm. He's kind of an indoor kid. That's how Alexander was at first.

So Philip decides to hire a tutor for him by the name of Aristotle to be the personal tutor to Alexander. Well, in the midst of his education, Philip of Macedon is murdered. The murder is blamed on-- oh, who came after Babylon?

The Persians.

The Persians.

Persians, but-- Medes and the Persians. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. It happens at my age.

[LAUGHTER]

The Medo-Persian Empire is blamed for Philip of Macdeon's death. Something comes over Alexander. He decides to take up his father's cause and march against the Medo-Persians. He comes to Tyre. It's a very swift amassment of troops to meet for the battle, and this battle has been made into movies.

But he comes to Tyre and asks for supplies. They reject the request. So Alexander wants to lay siege to the city. Well, here's the problem. The city at one time that was on the coast had been almost annihilated at one time by the Babylonians. So the people who were left moved the whole city to an island a half mile off the coast. So the city of Tyre is now an island off the coast.

By the time Alexander the Great gets there and he sees the kind of city he's up against, an island, he says, I can't defeat them. The Phoenicians are masters at warfare by sea. I'm not. So what does he do? He builds a causeway.

He builds a jetty using the materials from that city that had been destroyed. He essentially scrapes the dust and all the materials off of the city, piles it in the sea, makes a jetty, and attacks and destroys the city of Tyre. So, again, "you merchants of Sidon, whom those who cross the sea have filled." And then Ezekiel 26, "I will scrape her dust from her and make her like the top of the rock."

I'm going into this detail for this reason. It should make you think logically that if events predicted in the past have been fulfilled to that degree of accuracy, whenever you read future predictions yet unfulfilled, you should sober up and take them to heart. It's the word of God. And if God can do that and speak of these things in advance, then the rest of it you can take to the bank.

Amen.

And this is God's calling card. Isaiah 46-- God says, "I am God. There is no other. I am God. There is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done." That's the awesome nature of prophecy.

Well, in the midst of the prophecies of condemnation comes this little section I told you about, this intermission, the next four chapters, chapters 24 through 27. It's a parenthetical set of chapters. Think of it as a pause. Think of it as an intermission in a movie so you can get up and get popcorn, OK? And come back.

It's an intermission scholars call Isaiah's little apocalypse. The language now becomes more vague, more worldwide, more all encompassing than the previous chapters. And they interface with-- they parallel with what occurs in Revelation chapter 6 through 20, the great tribulation period on into the millennial kingdom, from the tribulation into the kingdom age.

So it speaks here about the day of the Lord. And the day of the Lord is the eschatological day of the Lord, that future ultimate day of the Lord in the tribulation period. Jesus said in Matthew 24, "Then there will be great tribulation such as not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be."

In this little pericope, this little set of verses, this parenthetical statement is that little apocalypse. Chapter 24, verse 1-- "Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, makes it waste, distorts its surface, scatters abroad its inhabitants." Verse 4-- "The earth mourns and fades away. The world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish."

Earth is mentioned in that passage that I just read three times. It's alluded to five times. In the whole set of chapters, it's mentioned frequently. God is judging the Earth. There is today-- I'm going to call it an environmental atheism-- Mother Earth.

Respect your mother, the bumper sticker says. And it has a picture of the Earth on it. Ever since 1970, I think April 22nd is Earth Day. Hey, you know what? I'm all for being a good steward of what God put in our hands. I'm all for taking care of the Earth because it's a stewardship. It's given by God.

I believe in creation care but not to the point where it becomes idolatrous and we worship Mother Earth or Mother Nature, as she is called. We're simply stewards. And I'm bringing this up because you need to be forewarned if you're an Earth bound, Earth worshiping whatever that, yes, we have messed up the Earth. But let me just say, if you think we've messed it up, wait till you see what God does with it.

[LAUGHTER]

He will absolutely trash this planet in the tribulation period. And it's his prerogative. You know why? The Earth is the Lord's, the Bible says, and the fullness thereof. So there's going to be a point-- and it's fleshed out in detail, more detail in Matthew 24 by Jesus but certainly the great detail of Book of Revelation chapter 6 through 20 that day of the Lord.

Verse 19-- "The earth is utterly broken down. The earth is split open. The earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard. It shall be removed like a cottage. The transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and not rise again."

I don't want to belabor this. Some scholars see in this a possible polar shift, which many scientists say is a possibility. It's an interesting possibility. I don't know if I'm going to go that far. But I do know that in the tribulation period, the kind of cataclysms that are described are, well, monumental, right? Where huge population bases of the Earth are decimated because of the natural phenomenon taking place on the Earth.

If you were to look at the moon through a telescope, you suddenly realize that our universe is not docile. You look at the surface of the moon, and you see the pockmarks from all the activity of things slamming into and making all those craters, right? When you see them on the moon, they're pretty sizable.

Now, the Earth has been called the inhabitable zone, that in the universe, there's just a strange thing about where the Earth is positioned in the alignment of the planets. It's like it's been protected from the kind of cosmic battering that others, even our moon, have experienced.

But if we just go a few miles west over the border, there's the Barringer Crater, which is a mile wide, 500 some feet deep. That is put there by a single asteroid at some point in history past. That hitting of the Earth caused such a devastation as can be seen. And I encourage you to go see it at some point. It's amazing.

The surface impact that created that great Barringer Crater is or was 40 million tons of TNT's worth of surface impact. In other words, when that asteroid hit the Earth, it created the kind of blast equal to a thousand-- 1,000 times greater destructive power than the bombs that went off at Hiroshima and Nagasaki put together.

In Revelation, the Book of Revelation, one of the judgments on the Earth is great hail from heaven fell upon men, and each hailstone will weigh a talent. A talent is 125 pounds. Some of you remember those old ice houses. I used to work in one as a kid. You could get 25-pound blocks of ice for a couple bucks. Anybody remember those? No? OK, so I do.

[LAUGHTER]

And was at Hugo's Delicatessen where I worked. And I'd go out there and chip off the ice blocks and sell it to a customer, 25-- and, man, they're like sizable chunks of ice. Imagine a block of ice not 25 pounds, 125 pounds. They're going to strike the Earth, causing real damage. You say now, why would that happen?

Well, did you know that in the Old Testament, the punishment according to the law of Moses for blasphemy was stoning? It's as if God is saying because of the unrepentant blasphemy that will fill the Earth, God is stoning the Earth for it.

Now chapters 25 to 27 are happy chapters. After all of that messy ice stuff, we get the kingdom age. It gets good. It's this little hint of coming attractions. The king takes his rightful place. It's filled with songs of praise, songs of salvation.

I want to bring you ahead to chapter 26, verse 20. "Come, my people. Enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment until the indignation is past." A possible-- I'm not saying necessary-- but possible hint at the rapture. "For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth"-- that is the tribulation-- "for their iniquity. The earth will also disclose her blood and will no more cover her slain."

Go down to chapter 27, verse 6. "Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob. Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the world with fruit." This is a prophecy of the kingdom age, the millennial kingdom, the thousand-year kingdom age that the Bible speaks about, mentions in Revelation but really is detailed in the book of Isaiah.

I worked in Israel for about six months on a farm. And I saw the kind of fruit production that that country was capable of. Now that was 40 years ago when I lived there and worked there. That's a long time ago.

So when Israel became a nation, since 1948, the cultivation has increased the cultivation of land from 408,000 acres to presently over 1.07 million acres, so that Israel today-- not even the millennial kingdom yet. Israel today is the fourth largest exporter of fruit in the world.

So I like reading this-- going to fill the world with fruit. This is just now. This is just the beginning. Can't wait to see what happens in the millennium under the reign of the Messiah and the fruit of righteousness and peace with it. Now there's a series of woes in the next few chapters. We're moving pretty well here, speedily through this, although time's up. And--

[LAUGHTER]

Woe is me if I keep going and violate my promise to you. So I'm going to heed the woe and go, whoa, slow down. And we'll pick up the rest next time, shall we? Father, thank you. I know I get excited about these things and maybe take too much longer than I should.

But nonetheless, we thank you, Father, for the amazing predictions of a man who lived when he did and yet was able to see such clarity, especially things concerning the Messiah, a virgin birth, his name called God with us, a person who would be born, a son who would be given who is the Prince of Peace, and the mighty God, the Everlasting Father.

All of that could only be fulfilled in one person. And then he saw-- Isaiah 53-- the suffering servant, the crucifixion of Jesus. And it's just so unmistakable.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

Father, I'm wondering if perhaps somebody is here who maybe for the first time has considered the power of prophetic Scripture. We're not dealing with another holy book like so many others that are in this world. It is filled with very detailed complex predictions that nobody could ever know in advance and yet written in advance.

So that when it happens-- and it has, so much of it-- we're blown away. And it draws us to believe in You and to place our faith in You for the rest of it. But some of you-- some people here haven't even begun by trusting in the God who created them and placed them here not by accident but on purpose. They have a purpose.

But, Lord, they're wandering until they place their trust in You. I pray that some here would just take a simple step of faith in saying yes to the hero of the Bible, Jesus Himself, the one who said come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden. I will give you rest.

I pray that some might put their trust in Jesus right here tonight, heads bowed, eyes closed. You're here tonight. You've never given your life to Christ or perhaps raised in a religious home, but you're not walking-- you're not obeying Him. Maybe you need to rededicate your life. Maybe you just need to actually dedicate your life where it's real and honest and truthful.

If you've never done that, I want to give you an opportunity right now to invite Jesus into your life, into your heart. If you want to do that, with our heads bowed, our eyes closed, I want you to raise your hand up in the air. Keep it up for just a moment.

I'm going to keep my eyes open so I can acknowledge you and I can pray for you. I need to know who I'm praying for. God bless you and you right there to my right in the middle and right a few rows back and a couple of you on the right again over here and up front. Anyone else? Raise that hand. Raise it up high.

Our Father, we just thank You for these and pray that You give them the strength to live for You. We pray that You will change these lives, forgiving of sin. We know you'll do that. Not counting it against them, we know you'll do that. But then I pray they'll take Your word and Your spirit to heart. And You will change the behavior, change the pattern of thinking and change these lives.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. Let's all stand. I know it's over time. But as we sing this last song, if you raise your hand, I'm going to ask you to do something very quickly. Get up from where you're standing right now. Find an aisle and stand right up here. Come right up front. I'm going to lead you in a prayer to receive Jesus Christ.

I want you to know that you know that you know that tonight was the night you said yes to Jesus. You just get up and come. If you raised your hand in the front, in the middle, on the side, I'm going to wait for you. I'm going wait for you till you come. But you get up here and make that stand for Jesus. You can hear the encouragement of those around you.

[APPLAUSE]

Yeah.

(SINGING) Dry bones awaken. The Lord is in this place.

Yeah. Awesome.

(SINGING) The Lord is in this place.

Come on up.

(SINGING) Not for a minute was I forsaken. The Lord--

So glad you came.

(SINGING) --is in this place. The Lord--

Come on over.

(SINGING) --is in this place. Oh.

Those of you who have come, now's the moment. I'm going to lead you in a prayer to say, Jesus, come into my life. Now this is you talking to God. So if it's possible, tune all of us out and say these words from your heart directly to your God.

Say, Lord, I give you my life.

Lord, I give you my life.

I know I'm a sinner.

I'm know I'm a sinner.

Please forgive me.

Please forgive me.

I believe in Jesus.

I believe in Jesus.

That He came from heaven.

That He came from heaven.

That He died on a cross.

That He died on a cross.

That He shed His blood for me.

That He shed His blood for me.

That He rose again.

That He rose again.

I turn from my sin.

I turn from my sin.

I turn to Jesus the Savior.

I turn to Jesus the Savior.

And to live for Him as Lord.

And to live For Him as Lord.

It's in His name I pray.

It's in His name I pray.

Amen.

Amen.

Come on. That's so good.

[APPLAUSE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

We hope you enjoyed this message from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Church. For more resources, visit calvarynm.church. Thank you for joining us for this teaching from The Bible from 30,000 Feet.

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We're going back to the beginning in this first flight. Written by Moses and inspired by God Himself, Genesis means origin. From the formation of all created things and the fall of man to the flood and the fallout of man's rebellion, Genesis 1-11 chronicles the beginning of everything. It all starts here.
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This flight takes us through the biographical part of Genesis and God's response to man's rebellion. Four men are prominent in the formation of the nation of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Through this lineage, God would fulfill His promise of salvation for humanity.
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The central event in this flight through Exodus is the redemption of God's people, the Israelites, from their bondage in Egypt. We fly over Egypt and the wilderness where Israel wandered for forty years. The plight of the Israelites, their disobedience, and God's deliverance all foreshadow Jesus Christ.
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The Sinai Peninsula is the backdrop for this flight to Exodus, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments along with detailed instructions for how He was to be worshiped. Miraculous signs of God's absolute power abound, along with the revelation from God that would define Israel's national identity.
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Leviticus describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. We discover how the Israelites were instructed to make atonement for their sin through sacrifice. The overarching theme of this book can be summed up in one word: holiness. After centuries of captivity in Egypt, the Israelites needed a reminder of who God is, His absolute holiness, and how they were to live set apart for Him.
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Numbers contains two censuses of the Hebrew people. The first is of the generation that left Egypt, including how they were organized, their journey in the wilderness, and their refusal to enter the Promised Land. Due to their disobedience, the first generation of Israelites failed to enter the land God had promised; however, God remained faithful by leading a new generation into the Promised Land.
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Deuteronomy 1-34
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After forty years of wandering, the Israelites were finally ready to enter the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages Moses gave while the Israelites waited to enter the land. With the key word of this book being covenant, Deuteronomy speaks of the special relationship God established with His people.
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Joshua 1-24
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In this flight over the book of Joshua, we get to know its namesake, who shared in all the events since Exodus and held the place of military commander under Moses' leadership. We'll also get a tour of the Promised Land and follow Israel's conquest of Canaan, after which Joshua divided the land among the twelve tribes.
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Judges 1-21
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The Israelites experienced a period of victorious conquests in Canaan after Joshua's death. But as their obedience to God's laws and their faith in God's promises diminished, Israel became entrenched in the sin cycle. God divinely appointed Judges to provide leadership and deliverance during this chaotic time. Sadly, God's people repeatedly did what was right in their own eyes.
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Ruth 1-4
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In this flight, we'll see the godly love and courage of two very different women from very different backgrounds. And we'll meet Boaz, who became Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, a type of Christ. Although the book of Ruth is short, it is prophetically important in terms of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Ruth's story of romantic grace places love at the center of each of its four chapters.
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1 Samuel 1-31
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In this flight, we find the nation of Israel in desperate need of direction and leadership. We will meet the man whose good looks, physical stature, and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but Israel's first king had a tragic flaw: pride. From the ashes of King Saul's calamitous reign, God raised up an unlikely man who would become Israel's next king, a man after His own heart.
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2 Samuel 1-24
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David went from shepherding livestock to serving as God's sovereign king in Israel. His faith and obedience assured him military and political victory as one by one he defeated Israel's enemies. In this flight, we both celebrate David's successes and identify with his failures as we get to know this man whom God called, "a man after My own heart."
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1 Kings 1-22
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After years of being a powerful unified nation under King David, Israel, because of their disobedience, became a divided nation under many different kings. This book reveals a story of good kings and bad kings, true prophets and false prophets, and faithfulness and disobedience to God.
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2 Kings 1-25
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Despite the many kings who took control of Israel, the nation still lacked true leadership. Second Kings continues the history of a divided Israel, and we see what happens when a nation passes from affluence and influence to poverty and paralysis.
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1 Chronicles 1-29
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The book of 1 Chronicles recounts the lineage of King David as well as God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through this man after His own heart. As we see how God fulfilled His promises to David, we discover how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us today.
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2 Chronicles 1-36
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After King Solomon's reign and death, the nation of Israel went on a spiritual roller coaster ride that ended with the division of the kingdom and the people's exile. From the temple's building to its decline and destruction, we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint.
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Ezra 1-10
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The book of Ezra begins with King Cyrus' decree for the children of Israel to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Ezra tells of two different returns: the first led by Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple, and the second by Ezra to bring reformation to the people. In this flight, we see God's faithfulness in keeping His promise to return His people to their homeland.
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Nehemiah 1-13
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At the end of Ezra, the temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt and dedicated, but the city walls were still in ruins. After gaining permission from the king of Persia, Nehemiah led a group to repair and rebuild the walls. Though he was met with hostility and conflict, we see how Nehemiah gathered his spiritual strength from God during trialing times.
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4/10/2019
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Esther 1-10
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Esther reads almost like a fairy tale: A Jewish maiden becomes queen of Persia. The villain launches an attack to destroy the Jews. In the end, his plot is thwarted by the hero and the brave maiden, who risks her life to save her people. Though the name of God isn't mentioned once in this short book, we clearly see God's providence and faithfulness in dealing with His people.
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Job 1-42
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The book of Job opens in the throne room of heaven with a conversation between God and Satan regarding the faithfulness of a man named Job. God allowed Satan to test Job, and Satan caused Job to lose his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. But in the midst of Job's tragic circumstances, God revealed His sovereignty and faithfulness, and Job's steadfast faith prevailed.
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Psalms 1-150
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The book of Psalms is a collection of songs, prayers, and poetry that express the deepest of human emotions. These artistic masterpieces were compiled over a period of roughly 1,000 years from the time of Moses to the time of Ezra and the return from the Babylonian exile. As we fly over the Psalms, we'll see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship—all with one overarching theme: a complete dependence on the love and power of God.
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Proverbs 1-31
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Known for the wisdom it contains, the book of Proverbs reveals how to deal with everyday situations. But more than just good advice, it is God's words of wisdom, which we need in order to live righteously. These proverbs are universal principles that apply to all people for all times, because they speak of the character of God and the nature of man—both of which remain constant.
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Ecclesiastes 1- 12
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The book of Ecclesiastes records King Solomon's intense search to find meaning and fulfillment in life. In this flight, we discover some significant truths—namely, that all worldly things are empty and that life's pursuits only lead to frustration. After tasting all that this world has to offer, Solomon ultimately concluded that life without God is meaningless.
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Song of Solomon 1-8
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The Song of Solomon portrays a moving love story between King Solomon and a shepherdess. The story reveals the intimacy, love, and passion that a bridegroom and his bride share in a marriage relationship. Even more than the fulfillment found in the love between a husband and wife, we'll discover that the spiritual life finds its greatest joy in the love God has for His people and Christ has for His church.
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Isaiah 28-66
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Of all the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah is thought by many to be the greatest, in part because of his clear prophecies about the Messiah. In this second flight over his book, we see his continued work and how God used his prophecies of both condemnation and comfort to generate change in the individuals he encountered.
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Jeremiah 1-20
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The book of Jeremiah is a series of oracles written in the southern kingdom of Judah over a period of fifty-plus years. It speaks of judgment, the promise of restoration, and the protective hand of God over those He loves. In this flight, we catch a glimpse of the man behind the prophecies as he allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel.
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Jeremiah 21-52; Lamentations 1-5
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The prophet Jeremiah allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. As we complete our flight over his book, we find the prophet reinvigorated by God's promises as he continued to prophesy Babylon's impending invasions and, ultimately, Judah's captivity. Then our flight continues over the poetic book of Lamentations, which Jeremiah wrote as he wept and grieved over Jerusalem's destruction, ending the book with a prayer for Israel's restoration from captivity.
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Ezekiel 1-48
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Written by Ezekiel the priest, this book takes place during the second Babylonian captivity and documents the fulfillment of several prophecies from previous Old Testament books. In this flight, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through Ezekiel, bringing the nation hope despite their tribulations.
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Daniel 1-8
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Chronologically, the book of Daniel links the time of the kings in 2 Chronicles to the restoration of Jerusalem in the book of Ezra. It begins with the first Babylonian captivity and ends with Daniel's vision of seventy weeks. In it, we witness both prophetic history and the four prophetic visions of Daniel, as well as powerful stories that reveal a faithful man of God who was unwilling to compromise his beliefs.
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Daniel 9-12
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Midway through the book of Daniel, the focus shifts from the historic to the prophetic. Daniel's four prophetic visions reveal the stunning accuracy of biblical prophecy, as well as Daniel's uncompromising faith in God's fulfillment. From the rise and fall of human kingdoms to the Messiah and the day of judgment, Daniel's visions drove him to his knees in fervent prayer for the people of Israel.
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Hosea 1-14
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Hosea prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II, and he had a clear message to deliver: Israel had rejected God, so they would be sent into exile and become wanderers in other nations. On this flight, we see a clear parallel between Hosea's adulterous wife—whom God had instructed Hosea to marry—and Israel's unfaithfulness. But even as Hosea endured a rocky marriage, he continued to share God's plan that He would bring His people back to Himself.
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Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Through three ordinary men—Joel, Amos, and Obadiah—God delivered extraordinary messages to His people, warning them against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. On this flight, we witness God's patience and love for Israel, and we see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin.
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Jonah 1-4
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Rather than focusing on prophecy, the book of Jonah narrates a prophet's story. Jonah was blatantly disobedient to God's call, but despite his defiance, God redirected his path through a unique situation. The resulting revival in Nineveh shows us that God's grace reaches beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.
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Micah 1-7; Nahum 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3
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God used three prophets—Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk—to criticize, comfort, and inspire: Micah encouraged social justice and the authentic worship of God. Nahum prophesied against the Assyrians for returning to their evil practices. And though Habakkuk didn't address Israel directly, his message assured them that evil does not endure forever. Through these prophets, God's people confessed their sins and grew confident in His salvation.
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Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1-2
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The prophet Zephaniah addressed the social injustice and moral decay of Judah and her neighbors, proclaiming the coming day of the Lord and His wrath upon the nations—both an immediate judgment and a future end-times judgment. God sent Haggai the prophet to preach to the restored community of Jews in Jerusalem after their return from exile in Babylonia. Haggai encouraged the nation to set aside their selfishness and finish rebuilding the temple, an act of obedience that would align their desire with God's desire.
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Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-4
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As we fly over the last books of the Old Testament, we first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple when Zechariah encouraged Israel to anticipate their ultimate deliverance and the Messiah's future reign. One hundred years after the temple was rebuilt, the book of Malachi revealed that God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. Malachi declared God's promise of a coming messenger, John the Baptist, and a coming Messiah.
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Intertestamental Period
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In between the Old and New Testaments lies 400 years of history. During this intertestamental period, God chose not to speak to His people through prophets as He orchestrated people, politics, and events in preparation of the coming Messiah. Scholars have come to call these four centuries the silent years. Remarkably, the silence would be broken by a newborn baby's cry in Bethlehem.
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Matthew 1-28; Mark 1-16; Luke 1-24
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These three Synoptic Gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. Matthew, Mark, and Luke present Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the Son of Man, respectively. On this flight, we'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of Jesus as we witness the fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies.
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John 1-21
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The spiritual depth of John sets it apart from the other Gospels, with one-third of its content dedicated to the last week of Jesus' life. Rather than focusing on what Jesus did, John focused on who Jesus is, presenting Him as God incarnate and highlighting His deity. On this flight, we'll see seven miraculous signs of Jesus, as well as seven statements that He used to identify Himself as God.
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Acts 1-28
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The book of Acts presents the history of a dynamic, growing community of believers that started in Jerusalem and went on to spread the gospel throughout the known world. In this book, the gospel writer Luke also recorded how the early church received the Holy Spirit, who enabled them to witness, love, and serve with boldness and courage, even when faced with persecution.
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Romans 1-16
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The book of Romans is the apostle Paul's letter to the church in Rome, and it focuses on God's plan of salvation for all humankind. Romans is the most systematic of Paul's letters, reading more like an elaborate theological essay rather than a letter. On this flight, we look at Paul's strong emphasis on Christian doctrine as well as his concern for Israel.
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1 Corinthians 1-16
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In 1 Corinthians, Paul confronted the problems that had infiltrated the influential church at Corinth and defended his position as an apostle of Christ. He later rejoiced over their repentance and acceptance of his God-given authority. On this flight, we discover the power of a new life in Jesus as we see how Paul shared the heart of the gospel with his fellow believers.
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2 Corinthians 1-13
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After Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, false teachers began spreading opposition to him in the Corinthian church. Paul sent Titus as his representative to deal with them, and most of the church repented. Paul wrote this epistle to express his joy at the turnaround and to appeal to them to accept his authority, which was confirmed by the many hardships he suffered for the gospel. On this flight, we find beautiful truths to carry with us through our own times of suffering.
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Galatians 1-6
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Galatians is a firm statement of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. When Paul wrote this letter, the false doctrine of legalism and faith by works had infiltrated the church throughout Galatia. As a result, believers had traded their freedom in Christ for bondage to the old Jewish law that had been fulfilled by Jesus. On this flight, we discover the differences between law and grace as well as the practical application and results of the proper doctrine of grace.
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There are 44 additional messages in this series.