365 Prophecies: Prophecy 194
The Messiah, the King, shall reign in righteousness. He shall be a hiding place, a cover, a river in a dry place, a shadow in a hot desert, open the eyes of the blind and deaf ears, give knowledge, heal the stutterer, humble the proud, and subdue the powerful.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 32:1-5 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The eyes of those who see will not be dim, And the ears of those who hear will listen. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly. The foolish person will no longer be called generous, Nor the miser said to be bountiful…
New Testament Fulfillment:
Opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf:
Matthew 12:22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
Matthew 15:30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.
Matthew 11:2-5 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: ‘The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.’ ”
A place of refuge:
Luke 7:44-48 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Hebrews 6:18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
Humble the proud, subdue the powerful:
Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…”
A river in a dry place, a shadow in a hot desert:
John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
The prophecy of Isaiah 32:1-5 is a multifaceted prediction of the coming Messiah. In truth, this single prophecy could be counted as ten separate prophecies. To be concise, I have combined all of the points into a single event. Prophecies such as Isaiah 32:1-5 are the reason that we often state that there are more than 400 Old Testament prophecies which relate to the Messiah. I have chosen the most prominent 365 prophecies, and in the case of this 194th from Isaiah 32:1-5, I combined ten individual parts which, in themselves, are a single Messianic prophecy.
This is a wonderful place to demonstrate just how much evidence there is in the Old Testament for the coming Messiah. In a single paragraph of scripture, Isaiah vividly describes the kingdom of the Messiah, as it will be when He returns the second time to establish the kingdom promised to David, as described at great length in the Old Testament.
For a detailed study in 33 Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah’s coming kingdom, see the chapter: The Prophecies of the Messiah’s Kingdom.
In verses 1 and 2 of Isaiah 32, the King who shall reign in righteousness is the Messiah. Clearly, Isaiah is speaking of the coming Messiah-King who will be above all other kings and shall reign over the earth during the Millennium. The princes who will rule with justice are those who have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, who are promised co-rulership with Him during the millennial kingdom. From verses 3-5, Isaiah begins to describe the attributes of this King in His first appearance on the earth when He comes to bring salvation and revelation to all people who will receive Him. In finding their fulfillment, we look ahead to the Gospels which describe Jesus fulfilling the individual parts of Isaiah’s prophecy.
The body of text from Isaiah 32:1-5 contains ten individual parts that Jesus fulfilled at His first appearance, or will fulfill, as described by the New Testament, during His second appearance.
Behold, 1. a king will reign in righteousness, 2. And princes will rule with justice. 3. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, 4. As rivers of water in a dry place, 5. As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 6. The eyes of those who see will not be dim, 7. And the ears of those who hear will listen. 8. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, 9. And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly. 10. The foolish person will no longer be called generous, Nor the miser said to be bountiful.
These ten individual parts foretell the coming of the Messiah by Isaiah, and many of the attributes and works that He will accomplish when He does arrive. We find that Jesus perfectly fulfilled all ten of Isaiah’s descriptions of the Messiah.
1. Behold, a king will reign in righteousness (Second Coming)
Jesus will fulfill this verse by returning as The King of Israel, in completion of all the Old Testament prophecies which describe the Messiah’s Kingdom.
When Pilate questioned Jesus as to whether or not He was a king, Jesus said that this was the reason that He was born and the purpose for which He came.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…”
The future kingdom which was promised to David was established at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The physical manifestation of this kingdom, however, has been be delayed until Jesus returns with His redeemed church at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period.
Revelation 19:14-15 And the armies in heaven (the redeemed church), clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.
From Jerusalem, Jesus as the Messiah, will rule over the entire earth for one thousand years. When this Millennial kingdom has concluded, Jesus will continue to rule the entire universe forever. See Prophecy 320.
2. And princes will rule with justice (Second Coming)
Jesus promised all those who follow Him, during the period of time from His first arrival to the moment of the Rapture, that they will be kings and priests with Him when He establishes His one thousand-year kingdom on the earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period. Depending on the faithful service of each believer while living their life on the earth and the motivation for why each person served Jesus, they will be given rulership (kings) and a place of ministry (priests) over people in cities or regions all over the world. For a detailed study on the subject of rewards and the future co-rulership of those who follow Jesus, see The Principles of Rewards.
Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.
Matthew 19:28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. …And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
3. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind and a cover from the tempest.
Jesus came to us as a man because we needed someone like us who could understand us. He came as the Messiah, a hiding place for sinners and a cover from the fierce wrath of God against all our sins. Jesus came in gentleness and was full of grace in demonstration of His love to show how much God cares for us. He stood in the place of judgment for our sins and took away the penalty of death that was due us.
Although the Bible describes Jesus as God, He humbled Himself to become a servant to the Father, in laying down His life on our behalf.
Philippians 2:5-8 … Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
When sinners were brought to Jesus, caught in the very act of sin, He was gentle and acted as a cover from the tempest for those to whom judgement was justified, just as Isaiah prophesied.
John 8:10-11 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
The burden that Jesus places upon those who come to Him for Salvation is really no burden at all. It is a joy and a delight to follow the Lord. He is also our hiding place from the wind when the enemy blows up a tempest of doubts, confusion, and fear.
Matthew 11:29 (Jesus) “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
4. “As rivers of water in a dry place”
Are you thirsty?
People are looking for satisfaction in their life. They are partaking of many different experiences in order to fill the void that exists inside their heart.
If you long for more than what you have experienced so far. If you have tasted of many things, but you are still not satisfied, Jesus is calling out to you: If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink…
John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive
On the last day of the seven-day feast of Tabernacles, the priest would take a pitcher of water and pour it out onto a rock, signifying the thirst that Israel had while in the desert. They cried out to God and He told Moses to strike the Rock and water would come flowing out. Later, when the people were complaining again that they were thirsty, God told Moses on this second occasion to speak to the Rock and water would again flow out to satisfy their thirst. See Prophecy 28, and Prophecy 52.
On this second occasion, Moses was angry with the people, so he went and struck the Rock twice, instead of speaking to it as God had instructed him.
The Lord was not pleased with Moses because he had misrepresented God before the people. Jesus as the Messiah was the spiritual Rock that they had come to in the desert. He would be struck only once for our sins. Now that He has made His sacrifice for us, all that is necessary is that we come and speak to Him, and He will hear us and meet our needs.
On this last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus is pouring out water onto a rock, in the exact place where the priests would carry out this yearly ceremony in observance of their journey through the desert.
Instead of being satisfied by the water once, Jesus is now offering us an experience with God whereby we can be so fully satisfied in Him that we will never thirst again for satisfaction within our heart.
Isaiah 32:1-5 was written for the time when the Messiah would come to earth and satisfy the thirst of the human soul. Isaiah said that the Messiah would be as rivers of water in a dry place.
Are you thirsty? Jesus can fill your heart with His living water and satisfy your longing, once and for all.
5. As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
One of the names for the Messiah in the Old Testament is the Rock.
Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
1 Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
The idea in representing the Messiah as a Rock is that He is a firm place to stand upon—unmoving, unchanging. The Rock in the desert gave water which made life possible. The Rock in the New Testament that Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 10:4 is the same rock described in Exodus 17:6, which gave water to those who were thirsty.
If a person builds his life upon Jesus—the Rock, he will have a foundation which is unmovable and will last forever. According to the New Testament, Jesus the Messiah is the only foundation that a person can build on for eternal life.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
6. The eyes of those who see will not be dim.
Jesus said that He is the Light of the World and those who walk in His light will never stumble. The Light that He is speaking of is the ability to comprehend spiritual principles and truth. This is an ability that the rest of the world can never understand. The Bible states that the natural man does not understand the spiritual things of God; they are foolishness to him and he cannot comprehend their meaning.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The natural man is a person who is born by a normal physical birth. The spiritual man is one who has experienced a second birth by the Spirit of God and is described as: “Born Again” (John 3:3). The spiritual man can discern all things, including spiritual matters, even though he may be a new believer. The natural man may have a Ph.d., but he will not have the capacity to understand the spiritual dimensions of the Bible. To the natural born man, the Bible is just a book full of stories, most of which he does not understand or believe. See Prophecy 166.
For example, the message of the Cross: the method by which God saves human being and grants eternal life, is foolishness to the natural born man. This is because he does not comprehend how one man could die for the whole world and how one man’s death could save an entire planet full of people.
The Book of Colossians declares that Jesus is not an ordinary man.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Jesus is the eternal God—dwelling within the body of a man. It is from this basis that the claim is made that His life is sufficient to pay for the lives of all other men. What is the value of the life of God? If we can agree that because Jesus is eternal and the Creator of all things, then His life is of infinite worth. On this basis, it would certainly be reasonable that He could redeem all human beings.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Jesus is the light of the world.
Those who are Born Again, reside within this light and understand that the Messiah has arrived and offered His life for our sins—upon the Cross. It was by this foolish act of saving all people by the death of one man, that God chose to make His plan of Salvation known. This is foolishness to the world, but to God who possesses the wisdom of eternity, it is the wisdom of God. To those of us who believe it, it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Once a person comes to Jesus for his salvation, he is Born Again by the Spirit of God and immediately, an entirely new world is revealed. If he remains a diligent student of the Bible, within a few years this person will have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and the wisdom to know how to use that knowledge.
This verse from Isaiah 32:1-5 is speaking of the Messiah’s ability to open the eyes of people so that they can see the spiritual truth which the Bible contains. This ability to see, begins at the moment a person believes in and receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
7. And the ears of those who hear will listen.
This is a similar play on words which Isaiah used in the previous text regarding light and sight. Here, those who truly listen to the message that Jesus has died to save us, and place their complete trust in what He has accomplished for us at the Cross, have all their sins forgiven and obtain eternal life as their present possession.
Jesus said repeatedly:
Matthew 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
8. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge.
Those who were not serious in seeking the Lord, who have not determined in the past to pursue God, can change their mind and find understanding—if they will come to Jesus in humility and repentance. Isaiah describes a person who has been rash in their past consideration of Jesus. This is a person who is not prone to carefully consider matters before making a decision or saying a word. Jesus spoke of these people from the cross: Father forgive them for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34). If the rash will only come and consider Jesus based on the evidence of the scriptures which He fulfilled, they can find eternal life and have their heart changed.
The primary way that a rash person can know God’s Messiah is by the fulfillment of these 365 Old Testament prophecies. Each prediction reveals the identity of the Messiah: line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little.
Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”
A person must know how to rightly divide the word of truth in order to have the ability to discern whether or not a particular verse of scripture is speaking of the Messiah. This is the ability to divide-out certain scriptures, from multiple places in the Bible, which all confirm or deny a particular doctrine or principle.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The entire Bible has one specific purpose:
To reveal the Messiah to the world, the One whom God has chosen to bring His salvation to all people. All of the Bible is intended to direct us to the Messiah. We can identify verses which are applicable to the Messiah by their attributes which show Him to us.
The problem in being able to identify the scriptures which are rightly applicable to the Messiah is when we start with a premise which will not allow us to see the Bible in the way that the Holy Spirit intends that we see it. If we begin with a firm belief that God does not exist, the Bible is not the word of God, or that our sin is not relevant to the issue of salvation, it will be very difficult, if not impossible—to receive Jesus as the Messiah and obtain salvation. Without coming into a salvation experience with Jesus, the deeper meaning of the Bible will be hidden from us. This is why many people who have yet to be saved almost always have an incorrect understanding of the Bible.
Beginning with an incorrect premise gives us an incorrect conclusion. If we start with either 1 or 2, then 3 and 4 become the conclusion.
1. The Bible is not the word of God.
2. Jesus is not the Messiah.
3. The Bible is not about the Messiah.
4. Therefore the Bible does not reveal the Messiah.
If on the other hand, we begin with a premise that is correct, we come to a completely different conclusion.
1. The Bible is the word of God.
2. The Bible contains prophecy.
3. These prophecies predict future events which had not taken place at the time they were written.
4. Man does not have the capacity to predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy.
5. A transcendent being (God), who is outside of time and has seen the future, could predict future events with accuracy,.
6. All of the predictions within the Bible that should have already been fulfilled are already fulfilled perfectly and with a record one hundred percent accuracy, verifiable by the record of the New Testament and history.
7. Since man is not capable of accurately predicting future events, God must be the Author of the Bible; therefore, the Bible is the word of God.
8. Most of the prophecies in the Bible are about the Messiah; therefore, the purpose of the Bible is to reveal the Messiah.
10. Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Bible; therefore, Jesus is the Messiah.
There is a web site which I visited recently that was created by a person specifically to debunk the premise that there are 365 prophecies which identify the Messiah. The problem with the web site is that it was created by a man who starts with the premise that Jesus is not the Messiah, then sets out to prove that all the Old Testament prophecies, which are written, were not written about the Messiah at all. He reaches an incorrect conclusion because he began with an incorrect premise.
This young man is the rash individual whom Isaiah was writing about. Even this confused young man, who cannot identify a relevant verse of scripture as applicable to the Messiah, can be changed—according to Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah in chapter 32 verse 4.
The Messiah came not for the self-righteous but for the sinner. Jesus came for the very worst person and especially those who know that they are not good. Many people will proclaim their goodness. The reality is that none of us are truly good—only God.
Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Mark 10:18 …No one is good but One, that is, God.
When a person understands that he is not good and that God would logically have to be good or He would not be God, he has a correct starting place to discover who God is. If on the other hand, anyone should believe himself to be a good person who is not really in need of redemption, his pride will prevent him from ever discovering God.
James 4:6 … Therefore He says “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
The basis for salvation is humility. Given the immensity of the universe that we can behold and the great power and wisdom that would be required to engineer and create such a magnificent achievement, it is reasonable that the being who made all of this possible, would not debate His existence or sovereignty. No place in the Bible does God seek to prove to us that He exists. Why would He? He has left us with great evidence for Himself: the things that He has made.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
The universe as proof for God’s existence
Only a fool would gaze upon the splendor of the Cosmos and proclaim that it is a product of happenstance. There is nothing which exists today that came into being without an intelligence as its source. Matter and energy cannot appear out of nothing—for no reason. The Laws of Physics do not permit such an event. The Universe began at a point in time, known to science, at about 14 billion years ago. Therefore, this beginning requires a reason. Science is limited by what can be observed and tested, therefore, why the universe came into being—after an eternity past of nothing, cannot be answered by science. The Bible begins where science ends.
Some 2,500 years before the beginning of modern science, those who studied the heavens, imagined that the universe must have been here forever. Before any man knew that the universe had a stunning beginning, David wrote in the Psalms that the universe will “grow old like a garment.”
I said, “O my God… 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. 27 But You are the same, And Your years will have no end. —Psalms 102:24-27
David describes the universe with a beginning and an end. Information that was impossible for him to know at the time he wrote this Psalm—some 3,000 years ago.
The prophet Isaiah describes the universe as “stretched out,” by God upon its creation—a term used by scientists today in describing how the galaxies, stars, and planets are expanding and moving out farther into space.
I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. —Isaiah 45:12
How could a Hebrew prophet from Israel know that the universe was expanding (stretched out) since its beginning? This would require knowledge of physics and cosmology—which clearly, neither Isaiah nor any other man had knowledge of 2,700 years ago when he wrote these words.
All of the religions of the world teach that God came out of the universe and is a part of the universe. Only the Hebrew and Christian scriptures reveal a God who is transcendent of time and space and the universe which He created. Scientists today understand that the universe is expanding rapidly. If the universe had been created without this outward expansion, gravity would cause every galaxy to collide and the universe would collapse upon itself. At the present time, our sun is burning about 620 million metric tons of hydrogen each second. In about a billion years, the sun will increase in solar luminosity to a point where all of Earth’s water will evaporate and escape into space. Our planet will quickly die, as will every living thing upon it. Eventually, every star in the universe will also burn out and cease to exist—as will every galaxy and planet. The universe is headed towards a massive heat death, it is not eternal.
When scientists and mathematicians calculate in reverse, the universe and all that exists, they come to a point in time where everything began. During a period of extreme organization, when the universe appeared suddenly out of nothing, it began with an extreme low state of entropy. Most of us understand that any explosion does not begin with organization. It is the mass chaos and force of the blast which causes such extensive damage. Scientists are baffled that the most massive explosion ever recorded—the universe—began by extreme control. In fact, what should have occurred, given the elements and conditions present at -10⁴³ seconds, of the big bang—massive disorder should have resulted. There is no conceivable way in which the universe could have began as it did—with this extreme low entropy. The reason that this occurred has only one solution: it was engineered this way.
A force outside and transcendent of the universe, acted upon the elements, to cause an extremely controlled expanse of gases.
No reason, no purpose?
These unanswered questions by the scientific community, require an explanation. If science cannot tell us why the universe began in the first place—or how it began under extreme control, we must conclude that the answers are outside science. Scientists may no longer tell us that the universe just exists for no reason, for no purpose, and expect that we will accept such conclusions. It is clear that the universe does have a purpose. That purpose was to provide a proper environment for one unique planet in a remote section of the universe—to be able to sustain human life.
Scientists concede today that what was formerly believed of the universe: that life must certainly exist on millions of other planets—is not longer feasible. Although basic life forms may be possible in many other places in the universe, the requirements for intelligent life certainly require an environment of such specificity that no other planet could possibly meet these demands. This knowledge tells us that the Creator intended the universe as a display of His power and sovereignty for a specific creation who are made like Him—mankind. We are the apparent objects of His love. We are the beneficiaries of His kindness. He made the earth for us. It is by the evidence of this magnificent universe that every person knows that God exists.
Happenstance is not an answer
For some unknown reason, intelligent and thoughtful people accept as true, the statements of scientists and cosmologists who state that the universe exists of its own accord. We should consider that many of these astute men and women who make such comments, do not believe in God as a basis for their conclusions. Because they do not believe God exists, it is therefore impossible that the universe, or human life exists as a result of an intelligent act of a Creator.
You see, when your hypothesis begins with a particular bias, your conclusions will be tainted by that bias. Many of those who emphatically state that God is not the cause of the universe today, have arrived at this conclusion because they did not believe in God in the first place. Instead of allowing the scientific evidence to lead them to their conclusions, they lead themselves to the deductions that fit their assertions.
There are however, great men and women today who do not allow the scientific community to dictate to them what their own conclusions will be. They follow the evidence.
I have great respect for noted Philosopher, Dr. Antony Flew, who was for most of his life one of the preeminent leaders amongst the Atheist community. Although Dr. Flew did not believe that God exists, he was willing to follow the evidence where it led in making his final conclusions. Near the end of his life, Dr. Flew came to the realization that the universe must exist as the result of an intelligence, he believed that intelligence is God.
“There were two factors in particular that were decisive. One was my growing empathy with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an Intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical Universe. The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself – which is far more complex than the physical Universe – can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source. I believe that the origin of life and reproduction simply cannot be explained from a biological standpoint despite numerous efforts to do so. With every passing year, the more that was discovered about the richness and inherent intelligence of life, the less it seemed likely that a chemical soup could magically generate the genetic code. The difference between life and non-life, it became apparent to me, was ontological and not chemical. The best confirmation of this radical gulf is Richard Dawkins’ comical effort to argue in The God Delusion that the origin of life can be attributed to a “lucky chance.” If that’s the best argument you have, then the game is over. No, I did not hear a Voice. It was the evidence itself that led me to this conclusion.
Romans 1:20 declares that God has made Himself known to every person by the things that He has made. It is foolish to proclaim that there is no evidence for the existence of God when everything that exists declares the fact of His existence.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. They have no speech, there are no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the Earth, their words to the ends of the world.” —Psalm 19: 1-4
This 194th Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah reveals some interesting and amazing facts about the person and purpose of the Messiah. It is interesting that when we examine each one of these facts, as they were predicted by Isaiah, Jesus is revealed as the literal person these prophecies describe.
9. And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
Here this prophecy speaks of those who had no ability to speak well, yet they can be greatly used by the Lord—if they will come and surrender their whole heart, mind, body, and life to His service.
Exodus 4:10-12 Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
Moses believed himself—an inadequately qualified man, to serve God. In Exodus Chapter 4, Moses makes excuse after excuse for why he cannot go to the people of Israel and tell them that God has sent him as their deliverer. The Lord informs Moses that it is He who has made each one of us the way that we are, for His own purposes. God will give Moses the ability and the opportunity to accomplish what He has called him to do.
I can attest to the fact that this is true. When I was growing up, I was so shy that I could not look a person in the eye when I spoke to them. When it was required by my teacher that all of the students in the class would have to give an oral report before the whole class, I would stay home and refuse to go to school. Years later, the Lord had taken me through many slow steps that led me to pastor two churches at the same time, 35 miles apart. I stood before the people every week and spoke to them concerning the word of God. God is able to prepare us to do the things He has called us to do.
This 194th prophecy describes the Messiah taking men and women who believe themselves inadequate and under qualified, and enabling them to do anything for God. Those whom He calls as His servants, He sends out into the world, to declare the truth of Jesus and His salvation.
If we examine the men whom Jesus chose, not one of these men would likely be chosen by anyone, to lead anything.
• Peter was impulsive and quick tempered, easily changed his mind.
• Simon was materialistic; his concerns were centered around money and property.
• James was seemingly insignificant to most men, called “the younger.”
• Andrew was very insecure; the brother of Peter, a loner, dependent on his family.
• John was prideful, called himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Wanted to call fire down from heaven to destroy those who opposed him.
• Phillip was a perfectionist, a bit of a control freak, who was calculating and inquisitive.
• Nathaniel was skeptic and opinionated. When he was told that the Messiah had been found; Jesus of Nazareth, Nathaniel said: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
• Thomas, known as the “doubter,” was skeptical and cynical. A man very suspicious of the things people claim, wanting proof before he believed anything.
• James, the elder, stubborn and unwilling to bend.
• Matthew was hated by most people because he was formerly a Roman tax collector.
• Thaddeus was a man who was constantly wavering between his beliefs and often had ulterior motives for what he did.
• Judas betrayed Jesus, though he pretended to love Him and be His friend.
• Paul was a former murderer of Christians, rich, influential and intellectual.
You know yourself pretty well. What are your own inadequacies and areas of weakness? If you were honest, would you choose you to lead the world? Jesus put confidence in these men, not because they were qualified but because they were not qualified. He takes us as we are, when we come to Him in humility and submit our whole life to Him. Jesus can take an empty and broken vessel—repair it and fill it with Himself—enabling anyone to to accomplish amazing things.
10. The foolish person will no longer be called generous, nor the miser said to be bountiful.
This final point of Isaiah’s description of the Messiah, brings us to the person who—despite all the warnings and instructions of the previous nine verses, still insists on remaining an unbeliever.
The Bible consistently maintains the fact that all those who claim that there is no evidence for the existence of God are fools. On the same level with the person who wakes each morning to bright sunshine, only to state that: “There is no sun, and there is no evidence for the existence of the sun.”
Psalms 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
David wrote this verse under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, in such stunning terms—because the evidence is so overwhelming. If it was possible for any person to conclude that God does not exist due to a lack of facts, then this verse of scripture would not have been written. The fact that Psalm 53:1 does declare that all those who make such statements, are really just fools, should give us a moment of pause. It is because those who state that God does not exist, ignore the external evidence of creation, suppress the internal knowledge of God within themselves, and make statements that are inconsistent with the facts, that they are able to declare that there is no existence for God.
There will always be those who refuse to acknowledge God, not for reasons of evidence, but for justification of their chosen lifestyle. If evidence was the only barrier to faith in Jesus Christ, then every person born on this planet would believe and be saved. The real hindrance to salvation is always a heart that is not willing to listen, learn, and respond.
This 194th prophecy of the Old Testament, reveals the great wisdom of God and the reliability of the Bible. There is no other ancient document of antiquity that can compare with the predictive and fulfilled prophecies of the old and new Testament Scriptures.
Just halfway through the 365 prophecies of the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled, and already we have accumulated sufficient evidence for Jesus identity as the only person in history who has met the requirements set forth by God in His word—to be the Messiah.
The Savior has come. God has kept His word and delivered to us, once and for all, the means and the method by which all people might have their sins removed and make eternal life and the fullness of joy in God’s presence, a reality.
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 My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism: an Exclusive Interview with Former British Atheist Professor Antony Flew Gary R. Habermas, Philosophia Christi Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 2004)
 Read the entire interview with Dr. Benjamin Wilker at: http://www.tothesource.org/10_30_2007/10_30_2007.htm
 These descriptions come from the narrative of each individual in the New Testament.