700 Years For A Prophecy To Be Fulfilled?

Isaiah 6: 5: “ Then said I Woe is me! For I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.”

Isaiah 6 is one of the most relevant chapters in the Bible.

Here we read, Isaiah had an incredible vision of God.
The text here records the events that occurred while Isaiah worshipped the Lord. He had an intimate experience with God.

I wonder as we worship,…….
………. what would happen in us if we began to see God more clearly?

The prophet experienced four outcomes, each illustrating an aspect of our relationship to God.

1.. Awareness
We will recognize our inadequacy in the sight of God – 6:5a.
What does it mean to become spiritually aware of ourselves?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.. Evaluation
We will examine ourselves differently – 6:5b.

3.. Confession
We must agree with God’s evaluation of our lives and honestly admit our failures.
So that … we can have a honest confession

  1. Intervention
    Since we can do nothing to remove the stain of sin in our lives, God intervenes in response to our confession.

5.. Forgiveness
God removes the obstacles to fellowship with Him. In so doing He gives us peace and our guilt is gone.


Jooley Mathew Z

700 Years For A Prophecy To Be Fulfilled?

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel”.(7:14)

Among all the prophecies in human history, this prophecy about the birth of Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the most amazing one. Reasons:-

  1. This was prophesied 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
  2. The nature of the birth and the very name of the child were foretold.
  3. The purpose of the birth was predicted.

One can ask a counter question; ‘But then how come Jules Verne, the French writer of science fiction, visualised submarines and space travel , in the nineteenth century, and they became a reality after 100 years ? There are basic differences between the prophecies of Isaiah and Jules Verne.

Jules Verne found in his outstretched imagination things that could happen as an extension of the technological innovations that were already in existence during his life time. In other words, his prophecies had a technological basis.

But, in the case of Isaiah’s prophecy, it was about something that actually happened 700 years later, transcending generations of people, customs and culture. It was such a long gap, far beyond what anybody could base his thoughts on.

There is one more doubt:

Why did God take such a long period of 700 years to fulfil His promise? Why did it not happen during Isaiah’s life time itself? Or was it not enough that a prophet foretold it sometime around Jesus’ birth?

*God has no time limit.
*Hope (Faith) is a believer’s life sustaining breath.
*God found that it was better to keep them in faith rather than fulfilling His promise all of a sudden.

Let us also live without losing faith in God’s promises, no matter how long they take to be fulfilled.

George Joseph Trivandrum