THE PROPHETS REALIZE THE POWER OF GOD,
AND HEAR GOD SPEAK
Isaiah had an awesome vision of God, and with this realization of God, the faith in God by Isaiah shown throughout his canonical book is strong, unwavering.
A vision of God will make one able to withstand trials, tribulations, hardships. All is easy to withstand when one can recall the awesome vision of the Lord. The disciples who walked with Jesus, and saw Him return from the tomb, ascend up into heaven could suddenly withstand imprisonment, trials, and finally martyrdom because they knew the Lord personally.
To whom can we liken God? He has no equal. Isaiah knew the majesty and power of the Lord. His vision impelled him to a faith that would not be shaken. Isaiah no longer needed a hero like King Uzziah, for he had seen One above all of mankind, One Who would never fail, never die, and never cease to be what He always has been!
"Who hath measured out the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with a span and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord...
With whom took He counsel?
To whom then will ye liken God?
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and behold Who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number; He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might.
...the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding.
He giveth power to the faint and to them who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
Whatever God speaks,
He can bring it to pass.
Isaiah had a trust in whatever God spoke to him, that he could prophesy without fear, knowing of a certainty, that no matter how impossible it might seem, God would bring to pass what He had spoken. This great God is a intense memory in the mind of Isaiah, and Isaiah trusted even the most unlikely, implausible, and remote prophecies. Many of today's prophets sit with great messages from the Lord, and are timid, petrified, and scared to relate what God has spoken. They, we, need a vision of God that will constantly remind us Who God is.
GOD HAS PROVEN THIS OFTEN TIMES
"Remember the former things of old; for I am God and there is none else, I am God and there is none like Me.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.
Causing a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes My counsel from a far country, yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass."
The ‘ravenous bird’ spoken of in that passage would be Cyrus. A long 200 years later, Cyrus would issue a decree to allow the captive Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem, and to lay the foundation of the Temple.
Isaiah named him by name these two hundred years prior.
Isaiah 44:28 (KJV)
28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
Isaiah 45:12-13 (KJV)
12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
History records that this Cyrus did as Isaiah prophesied. He sent the Jewish people back, and provided the means for them to rebuild the city walls, the dity itself, and the Temple.
Ezra 1:1-4 (KJV)
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
Ezra 5:13-15 (KJV)
But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;
And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.
It took 20 years and seven months to rebuild the Temple. Solomon had built the original Temple in seven and a half years. Solomon had 153,000 workers, and David had all the stones cut, everything prepared. Ezra had a few hundred workers, perhaps a thousand at the most. Later, when this Temple was destroyed, it was rebuilt a third time, taking Herod 46 years to complete. The miraculous thing in the building of it by Ezra’s time, was that Isaiah had prophesied that God would use the Persian king to decree its building, and supply much of what would be needed.
The spoken word of God
contains power beyond our comprehension.
Whatever He speaks is done. The worlds came into existence by His word. The light of the universe abounded to this earth when He spoke the word. If God speaks the word, you can depend it will come to pass. It is impossible for it not to come to pass.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
The phrase "what God hath spoken" (or its equivalent) is found over and over in Isaiah.
1:2 "give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken."
1:20 "if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
16:13-14 "This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab... but now the Lord hath spoken, saying..."
21:17 "for the Lord God of Israel hath spoken it."
22:25 "for the Lord hath spoken it."
24:3 "land shall be emptied... for the Lord hath spoken this word."
25:8 "the rebuke of His people shall He take away off the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it."
31:4 "For the Lord hath spoken unto me... so shall the Lord of hosts come down and fight for Mt. Zion."
38:7 "This shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He hath spoken."
40:5 "glory of the Lord shall be revealed... for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
46:11 "I have spoken it, and I will also bring it to pass"
58:14 "for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
God is not hesitant to speak to His prophets.
The Bible is a record of much of what He has spoken. Gifts of the Spirit contain tongues, interpretation of tongues, and prophecy to show us that He is not finished speaking. God is speaking to us daily through His Holy Spirit, Who witnesses constantly to us that we are children of God. We are given messages and answers to our prayers. He has given signs to speak to us. Over and over, the Lord has sought for those "who have ears to hear" for He is a speaking God.
Isaiah knew this speaking God personally, and listened to Him speak daily to his heart. Fortunately for us, Isaiah recorded much of what God spoke to him. We can revel in the messages from God given to Isaiah. We do not need to await heaven, and await some far off revelation. All of the saints can revel in what God spoke to Isaiah.
"I, even I, am He that comforts you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made as grass!"
Thus God has confirmed that He is our comforter, and we need not be afraid of any other, for we have God!
We have a real relationship with a God Who will protect! Isaiah knew he would be persecuted, hated, despised, and rejected. He even knew of the method of his death, as horrible as it would be. Yet, Isaiah had heard the spoken voice of God tell him:
"thou shalt not be put to shame... For thy Maker is thine husband."
It is for His own sake, and for the sake of intercessors of the ages, that God defends, protects, and guards His own. He loves us, He has heard prayer after prayer for our sake, He has remembered why He created us and therefore, He will be with us.
"For I will defend this city to save it, for Mine own sake, and for David, My servant's sake."
David was a great intercessor. David often interceded for Jerusalem. God heard such prayers, and listened to such intercession. Many years after David's death, God was still defending Jerusalem due to David's intercession.