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Isaiah, the Fifth Evangelist
Post Scripts ^ | 8/2/09 | OneVike

Posted on 08/02/2009 8:40:35 AM PDT by OneVike

Isaiah, the Fifth Evangelist


by OneVike

In today's message, I would like to broaden your understanding of the book Christ read from while in the synagogue of His home town, Luke_4:16-30 so that you may better appreciate the book written by the Fifth Evangelist. While Isaiah is the most often quoted prophet in the New Testament, his book can be as obscure as it is interesting. Even many Christians will admit they know very little about the book and what it has to offer for their walk with Christ. Other than being familiar with a few famous passages that foretold the advent of Christ Isa_9:6 and his suffering Isa_53:1-12, most people don’t know that there are prophecies that coincide with the book of Revelations. Isa_13:1-13, Isa_14:1-22. Unfortunately, because of their unfamiliarity they miss out on the true gift Isaiah has to offer.

From the beginning of time the Lord had a plan of salvation for mankind, Gen_3:15. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel."Ecc_3:15 "That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by." However, the first mention of His plan to give us the gift of His Son is Gen_3:15. The last mention of His plan for our salvation is in the book of Revelations, Rev_22:20 "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming quickly.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus". A promise that may be truly said to every person in every age, Jesus the Judge is at the door. In Isaiah, you will find God's plan for the salvation of mankind Isa_53:10, His plan of judgment for the world, and those who would refuse his gift Isa_13:6-13. His birth Isa_9:6, His death Isa_53:8, and His resurrection Isa_53:10 are also foretold within the pages of this book. We can either ignore Isaiah's prophecies like the Jews did or, as Christ taught, we can embrace them. This is the first time the Lord spoke of a savior for mankind and He did so at the very dawning of the gospel day. No sooner was the deadly poisonous wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed. The Lord had planed from the beginning that the one who was first deceived would be the one through whom the guilt of the world would fall. Since sin is handed down through the man, the sin nature of man was not handed down to the Messiah. So He is truly the unblemished Lamb whom the Lord accepted as the perfect sin offering. One can even glean from the Scriptures that the Lord had a plan for salvation even before He spoke the heavens and the earth into existence,

I called Isaiah the “Fifth Evangelist”, and I did so because Isaiah described what would happen to Christ for our salvation in such a way that one would think he had a front row seat at Golgotha. Not even John, the most beloved and only apostle to witness His crucifixion, wrote as detailed an account as Isaiah did. No, Isaiah the Prophet was not present, instead he received a first hand account from the very One who would suffer on that cross. So when you look at the way Isaiah spoke of future events, as if they were in his past, it’s easy to see why he is often referred to as either the fifth Evangelist or the first Apostle of Christ.

Isaiah's first reference to the Messiah is not a prophecy of His birth but a prophecy that the Jews would reject Him Isa_6:9-10. When you look at the traditions of the ancient writers you find that very seldom is the birth or childhood of a famous person mentioned. The Jews were exceptions in that they often mentioned the day of birth, but it was a man's accomplishments as an adult that gave the scribes a reason to write about him or his childhood. While Isaiah foretells many aspects of what the Messiah's life would entail, such as His birth Isa_7:14, His ministry Isa_9:1-2, and His many miracles Isa_35:5-6, it is the Lords rejection by the Jews that Isaiah mentions first. Without the Jews rejection of Christ the gentiles would not have been saved, thus it only makes sense that this would be the first prophecy Isaiah mentions. So just as they rejected the Lord time and time again throughout their history, they would also reject the very One they looked forward to for salvation.

Like many other prophets, Isaiah was also rejected and ultimately murdered by those he was sent to by the Lord. Christ would even allude to these rejection and murder in his parable of the absent landowner. Matt 21:33-44 Isaiah came bearing a plan, given by God, for the restoration of the remnant of Israel who would truly return to Him. This plan also included the redemption for all mankind as Isaiah repeatedly pointed out Isa_11:10, Isa_49:1, Isa_53:10-12, Isa_59:15-16. Through Isaiah's writings, the Jews should have known that the Lord was also sending the Messiah to save the hated gentiles. As we now know, the Jews would be the first to persecute the Christians. Even before they crucified their Messiah they were expelling his believers from the sanctuaries John_9:28-34. Isaiah also conveys to us the compassion the Lord has for His chosen people and His desire for their redemption. Isa_65:19, Isa_65:24.

What an amazing prophecy! Long before I was born God knew I would be knee deep in transgressions against Him, and even before I called on His name he came to my rescue. When God destroyed the world by water, Noah and his family needed an Ark designed by God Himself to survive the Flood. As Christians, we realize that we also need a type of an Ark and for us that Ark is Christ. Through Isaiah, God gives us the blueprints for that Ark. Unlike the Ark that saved Noah and his family however, the Ark Christians depend upon was completely constructed by God. It is this Ark that was promised from the day Adam and Eve ate from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”. Gen_3:1-7 Isaiah wrote about this some 760 years before the birth of Christ. Throughout the Bible we have evidence of the Lord's promises, and all we need to do is have faith in those promises, just as we have faith in the promise Jesus gave Nicodemus . “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. Jhn_3:16

For those who are skeptical about the timing of these prophecies, the evidence we have is backed up by many overwhelming facts as to the Historicity of the Scriptures. When the “Dead Sea Scrolls” were discovered, it was learned that the current translation of Isaiah has not changed through the years, other than a few nondescript grammatical errors. But probably the best proof of God's promises is the fulfillment by Jesus of the more than 120 Isaiah prophecies about the coming Messiah. Along with hundreds of other Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus, I believe it takes an act of mental ignorance to ignore the prophetic evidence of God's faithfulness to follow through on His promises.

As for me, I have no reason to doubt the future fulfillment of the Lord's remaining promises. By studying Isaiah and his many prophecies, I have learned to see what they really represent; the Eternal as opposed to the temporal. The when, where, who, and how are just temporal, but the Eternal is what is promised and that is where my hope lies. My faith through the grace of God has allowed me to be washed by the Blood of the Lamb. My parched soul has been renewed by the life giving water flowing from the Rock that follows me through this desert of sin called the world. My salvation was paid for Christ' victory on Calvary, and I am assured of eternal life because of His resurrection. While I anxiously await His return so that I may enjoy an eternal rest in His Glory, I invite you to join me by accepting Christ as your Lord and savior.

I pray that those who have ears to hear will hear His voice and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; History; Mainline Protestant; Theology
KEYWORDS: evangelism; isaiah; prophecy; salvation
I have not posted a message in a few weeks. I have had some disagreements with Post Scripts over the way one of the editors handle certain situations.

So beginning today I am going to post all my Sunday messages here for whomever would like to read it without traveling to an outside source to view it. I will continue to exclusively post my regular articles with them but not my Sunday morning messages.

Post Scripts will just have to deal with the fact they no longer have exclusive rights to my work.

1 posted on 08/02/2009 8:40:37 AM PDT by OneVike
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To: OneVike

This guy lived over 600 years before Jesus....he, like Jesus, was a Hebrew.
Hebrews were not Christians despite trying to link them and later usurpers of their religion.


2 posted on 08/02/2009 9:16:49 AM PDT by Duffboy
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To: OneVike; Alex Murphy; SendShaqtoIraq; ChicagahAl; SandRat; mia; HiTech RedNeck; SolidWood; rrrod; ..

Sunday Sermon Ping;

I have taken a bit of a vacation in my posting and messages. I am now rested and ready again to do the Lord’s bidding, whether it be political or religious. I do not see how a good Christian can separate the two with out closing their eyes to the evils in the world we live.

In the future I will be getting much more controversial in both my political and religious opinions. So I expect to be taken to task and or supported depending upon your stand on various topics I plan on covering. Either way I expect my articles to be much more interesting than they have been in the past.

Let me know if you want removed or, for those happening upon my message, added to my ping list.


3 posted on 08/02/2009 9:18:30 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Duffboy

Who said he was a Christian?

Also, are you suggesting that Isaiah, whom Christ and almost every New Testament writer quoted, was not saved like all Christian? Or that what he wrote is not beneficial to Christians?


4 posted on 08/02/2009 9:22:37 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

Hebrews followed the Law of Moses....every quote by Jesus was aimed at Jews to get them to once again, turn to the Law of Moses.
Christians through the years have made preposterous claims
based on teachings by and for Jews.
All the Apostles were Jews and as died Jews.


5 posted on 08/02/2009 9:32:17 AM PDT by Duffboy
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To: OneVike

Hebrews followed the Law of Moses....every quote by Jesus was aimed at Jews to get them to once again, turn to the Law of Moses.
Christians through the years have made preposterous claims
based on teachings by and for Jews.
All the Apostles were Jews and as died Jews.


6 posted on 08/02/2009 9:32:22 AM PDT by Duffboy
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To: Duffboy

And by the way, for pure, unadulterated teachings I’ll use the Hebrew Scriptures/Torah and not the bastardized version which goes by the name of the new testament.


7 posted on 08/02/2009 9:43:50 AM PDT by Duffboy
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To: Duffboy

So what is your point?

You never answered my questions.

Did you read anything in my message that was wrong? Did I make claims that were not true? What was your whole point of contention with what I wrote?

I would like to know because, quite frankly you have said nothing? All you did was make a claim that Jews were not Christians.

Ok, so again I ask. What’s your point, as to my message on Isaiah?


8 posted on 08/02/2009 10:05:14 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Duffboy
I’ll use the Hebrew Scriptures/Torah and not the bastardized version which goes by the name of the new testament.

Excuse me?

There is no difference, they are exactly the same.

Consider what we have learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls from the Qumran caves.

A comparison of the Qumran manuscript of Isaiah with the Masoretic text revealed them to be extremely close in accuracy to each other: "A comparison of Isaiah 53 shows that only 17 letters differ from the Masoretic text. Ten of these are mere differences in spelling (like our "honor and the English "honour") and produce no change in the meaning at all. Four more are very minor differences, such as the presence of a conjunction (and) which are stylistic rather than substantive. The other three letters are the Hebrew word for "light". This word was added to the text by someone after "they shall see" in verse 11. Out of 166 words in this chapter, only this one word is really in question, and it does not at all change the meaning of the passage. We are told by biblical scholars that this is typical of the whole manuscript of Isaiah.

I could continue with more evidence but the fact remains, the Isaiah of the NASB, NKJV, and other translations are exactly the same as the Jewish Rabbis use in the Torah they study. There is NO difference. They use the same manuscripts as we do.

Do you posses better manuscripts then 100% of all Jewish and Christian Theologians do?

Please let me know so that all the Christian and Rabbi scholars I communicate with can also benefit from your discoveries. We really would like to see them.

After all, I am fairly fluent in both Koinonia Greek and Hebrew. I use a linear Bible with all three English, Greek, and Hebrew in my studies. So again, what is your problem with my message?
9 posted on 08/02/2009 10:32:11 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

I read all your post....I pointed out you quoted Jews and you said they were’Christians’....and were ‘saved’.
I am saying christians are barely knowledgeable
when it comes to knowing the beginnings of christianity...and are lost if they can’t quote Old Testament Hebrews.


10 posted on 08/02/2009 10:36:44 AM PDT by Duffboy
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To: Duffboy
christians are barely knowledgeable when it comes to knowing the beginnings of christianity...and are lost if they can’t quote Old Testament Hebrews.

Also, are you suggesting that because the were physically born Jews, that they were not Christians? Remember they were all called Christians first in Antioch. Which by the way was prophesied by Isaiah. (Isaiah 65:15)

Also, I would go so far as to unequivocally say that Abraham was a Christian because he looked forward to Christ, like all the Old Testament patriarchs and faithful followers of Jehovah. After all, what is a Christian?

A Christian is anyone who puts their faith in Christ to save them from eternal damnation. Something David wrote about in Psalms time and time again. Throughout the Old Testament the prophets and teachers looked forward to salvation through the Messiah, Christ.

Even Moses prophesied the coming Prophet before the Israelites were to enter the Promised Land. He said to them, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deut. 18:15)

Finally, I am curious as to why you capitalized the word Christians when pointing out my article, but when you wrote about Christians being lost and unknowledgeable, you did not capitalize the word Christians?

An oversight, or what?
11 posted on 08/02/2009 11:32:10 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Duffboy
Sorry, I meant to hit preview and hit post before I was done and my HTML was wrong so all my comment was not posted. Ignore my comment on #11, and dwell upon this one instead.

Ok, you said,
christians are barely knowledgeable when it comes to knowing the beginnings of christianity...and are lost if they can’t quote Old Testament Hebrews.

Ok, so Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, (possibly Barnabas), James, Peter, & Jude were all barely knowledgeable and possibly lost because all they relied upon Old Testament Hebrew writings.

Or are you just pointing out the fact that so many Christians, do not know the OT as much as they should? Thus their walk with Christ is not as good as it could be, because they are unable to evangelize as good as they would be able to if the knew OT scriptures and history better?

If that is the case, then I agree and even eluded to that fact in my message.

Also, are you suggesting that because the were physically born Jews, that they were not Christians? Remember they were all called Christians first in Antioch. Which by the way was prophesied by Isaiah. (Isaiah 65:15)

Also, I would go so far as to unequivocally say that Abraham was a Christian because he looked forward to Christ, like all the Old Testament patriarchs and faithful followers of Jehovah. After all, what is a Christian?

A Christian is anyone who puts their faith in Christ to save them from eternal damnation. Something David wrote about in Psalms time and time again. Throughout the Old Testament the prophets and teachers looked forward to salvation through the Messiah, Christ.

Even Moses prophesied the coming Prophet before the Israelites were to enter the Promised Land. He said to them, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deut. 18:15)

Finally, I am curious as to why you capitalized the word Christians when pointing out my article, but when you wrote about Christians being lost and unknowledgeable, you did not capitalize the word Christians?

An oversight, or what?
12 posted on 08/02/2009 11:42:00 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

Looks like you have one respondent...
An angry Jew with a chip on his shoulder about Christians.
Lighten up, Francis.

So, OneVike - I read this astounding fact about the book of Isaiah the other night, and haven’t seen it any other place, including the article you posted.

The book of Isaiah is an exact parallel to the CHRISTIAN, canonized Bible, long before it was cannonized. It is written in two “sections”. The first section is of 39 chapters, paralleling the old testament. The second, 27 chapters, paralleling the new. The progression of the chapters parallels the Bible.

Isaiah contains so many prophecies that Jesus Christ, The Messaiah, fullfilled to the letter, and then this parallel to the canonized Bible - I believe the book of Isaiah is a signpost stating “Yes, this indeed IS the Word of God”.


13 posted on 08/02/2009 12:31:23 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: MrB
Interesting you brought that up.

I gathered as much that Duffboy is either Jewish or a Sabbatarian type of a Legalistic Christian. However, I could be wrong on both accounts, so that is why I directed my comments to him in the way I did. I was not desirous of insulting him, and if I did I apologize to him now.

As for the other points you brought up. On the blog where I normally write exclusively for,(Post Script), I had a question asked about the "Bible in the Bible".

I will post the answer I gave the woman here for you to read. However you are correct, but the reason for me omitting it was that I wanted my article to be more of a devotional type message than anything. So, while I usually mention the facts you bring up in an open forum or when I give a sermon on Isaiah, I left it out of this article.

Here is what I wrote her on PS,

I think what your friend is alluding to when she said that Isaiah was almost "A Bible in a Bible", she meant to say that Isaiah is somewhat of a miniature Bible. Let me explain for those who may be a bit perplexed by these statements.

The first time I was aware of this was when I read some writings by the late Calvinist Preacher Ray Stedman. What he said was that the way Isaiah was structured is similar to the way the Bible has been assembled together. Consider these facts and you will see why so many come away with such a conclusion.

Just as the Bible’s is divided by having 66 books, Isaiah also is divided into 66 chapters. There are 39 books in the Old Testament, and Isaiah has 39 chapters in the first half. There is a distinct division at chapter 40, so that the remaining twenty-seven chapters constitute the second half of the book, which is exactly the number of books in the New Testament.

Isaiah is stuck smack dab in the middle of the Bible, making it almost a miniature Bible on it’s own. The New Testament begins with the history of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, as he came to announce the coming of the Messiah. Chapter 40 of Isaiah, which begins the second half of his book, contains the prophetic passage that predicts the coming of John the Baptist.

The last book of the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, foretelling the end times and the promise of a New Jerusalem. Chapter 66 speaks of the Joy in Jerusalem’s future and it ends with a picture of Gehenna the final death. So you find here in the book of Isaiah a remarkably close analogy that parallels the entire Bible.

Now obviously this analogy does not hold to perfection, because as I stated in my message, Isaiah's first prophetic mention of Christ is in chapter 6:9-10. That would put it in the first section that is supposed to be speaking of the Old testament. Like all analogies this one too is somewhat tepid, but interesting when you consider the way the Cannon of Scriptures were eventually put together.

I hope that helps Nancy, and I appreciate your compliments on my series of the reformation.

So you were the one who read them....LOL


MrB
I hope that gives you somewhat of an idea of what I have about the information you found in the book you read.

14 posted on 08/02/2009 1:03:05 PM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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Many years ago when I first attempted to achieve a greater understanding of the Bible I came across many notions and ‘facts” from what were referred to as “higher critics.”

The Book of Isaiah was dissected to such a degree that it had drawn my attention. I was not in some advanced program of Bible study. It was just a college course on the entire Old Testament itself.

The inordinate amount of material spent on the book of Isaiah always struck me strange.

The critics have been compelled to break down Isaiah in to the works of more than 1 writer. In fact, they had to go beyond the creation of Second Isaiah to the assumption of a Third Isaiah. Even I recall that there claimed to have been multiple Isaiahs responsible for the “final” product.

That is how it works in the Divinity Programs of the 20th (and 21st) century. They simply make up “facts” based on “writing styles” and word choices.

I personally found the bottom line of most of the Bible debunking that goes on in such courses to be little more than rantings of scholars who will never acknowledge that the Bible is what it claims to be. That Isaiah was actually written by a fellow named Isaiah completely confounds their theories.

It simply does not work for their presupposed positions to be held as valid.

15 posted on 08/02/2009 2:02:06 PM PDT by Radix (Obama represents CHAINS for posterity.)
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To: Radix

All I can say in response is, So true my friend, so true.


16 posted on 08/02/2009 2:48:42 PM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

I enjoyed your article, thanks for the ping.


17 posted on 08/02/2009 2:59:29 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: OneVike

Thanks for the ping!


18 posted on 08/03/2009 8:15:35 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Duffboy
This guy lived over 600 years before Jesus....he, like Jesus, was a Hebrew. Hebrews were not Christians despite trying to link them and later usurpers of their religion.

Well I will use your particular identifying word Hebrew as that is what Abraham was called to refute your claim.

Where was Lazarus found? Wasn't it in Abraham's bosom? And according to Peter, Christ upon death of the flesh went first to those 'spirits' held in prison since the days of Noah to offer them first salvation. People are certainly free to believe whatever they want but that does NOT mean it is scriptural.

It is written that the 'saints' upon overcoming sing the song of Moses and aren't the Christians the ones who recognize that term 'saints'? Now why would Christian saints be singing the song of Moses IF Moses is not Christian?

There is only one named entity that will never be offered life eternal as he has already been sentenced to death and there is a numbered of his direct followers who refused to be born of woman that are also noted that will receive the death sentence. Other than that any who are born from above have met the first requirement to 'see' the kingdom of God.

19 posted on 08/03/2009 8:16:43 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Bama and Company are reenacting the Pharaoh as told by Moses in Genesis!!!!!)
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To: OneVike
I am not disputing the importance of what the Heavenly Father told Isaiah to pen. However, I really do not understand what you mean by calling him the Fifth Evangelist. Is that as opposed to being a prophet?

Christ said I have foretold you all things. And he continuously quoted the ‘prophets’ as where we can find what, where, when, why, and who was used for Him to make that claim.

Paul says that all these things happened to them as our admonition as to what would be again to bring in the end of this flesh age. Moses is the one who penned the first instruction of the Savior to come, so that in my mind would make Moses the first Evangelist.

20 posted on 08/03/2009 8:40:40 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Bama and Company are reenacting the Pharaoh as told by Moses in Genesis!!!!!)
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To: Duffboy

Are you Jewish?

Read the Gospel of Matthew. It’s written specifically to you. Jesus quoted the Old Testament for the purpose of giving his Hebrew credentials as The Messiah, Jeshua Hammessiah and King of Israel.

There is, indeed, too much Christianization of scriptures about Israel. The person who studies scripture well, though, can tell the difference. Israel is Israel and The Body Of Christ is a separate entity.

Try looking at “Zion’s Fire”, http://www.zionshope.org/ZH_zionsfire.aspx

Marv Rosenthal writes it and he is a good scripture student.


21 posted on 08/04/2009 2:37:06 PM PDT by RoadTest (I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.)
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