The vision of the prophet Isaiah

Prophecy from Associated Press

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John, a fellow blogger on Xanga (where I began), challenged the Xanga community to a blogathon. I decided to commit. So here I am with an hour to go before day one is over.

Sundays are my day off, so I’m just tapping something out before bed (which has grown into more as the clock approaches midnight).

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If you’ve read me for a little while, you know that I’m a news junkie and a Bible thumper. I read scripture to know my God and to know what is next. I watch the news and see prophecy fulfilled (in the on-going regathering of Israel and how the nations rage against her). I also see us headed into the portion of human history of which — as Bible teacher Chuck Missler says — more is written about in the Bible than any other. Isaiah, Daniel, Joel, Amos tell us of the Day of the Lord and of the events that will precede it. So does Jesus in the Gospels, Paul and Peter in their letters. And of course, we have “The Revelation of Yeshua Messiah” as recorded by beloved John.

It’s one thing to see signs of the times in news reports. It’s another when a reporter — who probably thinks the Bible is poppycock (and I say that having worked in newsrooms across the nation) — prophesies in one of his stories.

Now before y’all get bent out of shape, I didn’t say he was a prophet. I said he said a prophetic thing.

prophecy
      1. the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
      2. something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
      3. a divinely inspired utterance or revelation: oracular prophecies.
      4. the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.
Definition 3 is what I’m talking about. Yeah, I know I’m getting out there for some of y’all.

“So, what did he say?”

In a story headlined “Japan tragedy seared into the world’s imagination” Joji Sakurai writes,

There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality.

Japan’s tragedy is one of those events. Already, it seems reasonable to surmise it could prove one of the most significant calamities of our time — one that shapes policies, economies, even philosophies for decades to come in an increasingly interconnected world.

One more time: a calamity “that shapes policies, economies, even philosophies for decades to come in an increasingly interconnected world.”

The vision of the prophet IsaiahFirst, Sakurai is right. We continue to head toward a unification of the planet that has not been attempted since the Tower of Babel. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of such a proposition. I’m here to tell you that the Hebrew prophets wrote of this long ago. Isaiah, Daniel, John and most of the prophets in between were given a glimpse of what is to come. And that includes one world government and one officially recognized (false) religion.

Second, Sakurai is wrong on one part. This earthquake will be forgotten by the generation that experiences what is to come. The judgments in Revelation are SO frightening, even for those of us who know that peace and order are restored in the end by the coming Messiah and King of Israel. Many people won’t read Revelation because it is terrifying.

That’s part of the point. It is far better to fear the saved-up wrath of God and surrender to His love now. Otherwise we will be shown every selfish, self-serving act we did and be thrown in to the Lake of Fire. No amount of good can compensate for the evil in our hearts.

All of us — me included — blaspheme with our words or our hypocritical actions. Our selfish natures disqualify every single human from getting close to God.

But He wants us to get close. So He made a way.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

Yeah, that old cliche. So what do you have to believe? If you really want to know, read Paul’s letter to the Romans. Read it from chapter one verse one to the very end. If it’s your first time, try the Message translation.

I’m going to step out and give a word to my beloved Jews. If you’ve read this far, please read a bit further.

You are chosen of God. Every word of Tanakh is true. And I rejoice that you are still waiting for Messiah. God’s word does not return void, as Isaiah reminds us. If you dare, read Sha’ul’s letter to the Romans, but in the translation by David Stern. It was written for you. It makes plain that Yeshua came not to do away with Torah but to fulfill every yod and tittle.

Shalom.

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