God's Chosen People: Chastened
God has made hundreds of promises to the direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—known as the nation of Israel, the Jewish people. In fact, there are more verses and chapters of the Bible are devoted to the Jews, the Nation of Israel, and their future on Earth before the end of the world—than any other subject or topic in all of the Scriptures.
All of the promises and predictions that God made are part of His offer to us that identifies Him as the true God. We could boil all of those hundreds of promises down to 12 clear groups.
We could even more narrow the field of the hundreds, and the twelve to what we could call the "Big Three" promises God has made. These are the focus of much of the world news keepers these days. These three are red alerts for any student of Bible prophecy. God says I will stake my entire reputation on the predictions that: 1. the Jewish people will be acting as a sovereign nation; and 2. in possession of Jerusalem at the end of days; and 3. they will begin seeking to build a temple, that will cause such a stir, that all the world's nations will be against them.
But, before we go to see the 6th of those promises, we need to start in Isaiah and see who exactly made those promises, and even more importantly, why. The One who talks to us when we read the Bible, God Himself has staked His trustworthiness on whether or not He can accurately predict the future. Always remember that:
PROPHECY IS THE TEST
TO SHOW WHO IS GOD
God has left His signature, the proof that He is who He claims to be—in the form of prophecies (God explaining future events in clear details that can be verified). So the huge amount of prophetic verses in our Bible is a strong and comforting place to encourage our trusting God. As we begin open with me to Isaiah 41:21:
"Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forth your strong [reasons,"] says the King of Jacob. (NKJV)
Only the One and Only True God can predict the future with absolute accuracy!
- TRUST THE ONLY GOD WHO ACCURATELY KNOWS THE FUTURE.
Isaiah 41:23 "Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods; Yes, do good or do evil, That we may be dismayed and see it together."
- PROPHECY PROVES GOD IS REAL.
Isaiah 42:5-9 "Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it: 6 "I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, 7 To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. 8 I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them."
- PROPHECY PROVES GOD IS RELIABLE.
Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,'
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