According to the Chambers Dictionary,
Inspired or prophetic utterance; prediction.
A prophet is:
A spokesman of deity; someone who proclaims a divine message; an inspired
teacher. . . .
Jeremiah was a prophet of God:
Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying,
The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all
the words that ye have heard. Therefore now amend your ways and your doings,
and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of
the evil that he hath pronounced against you. As for me, behold, I am
in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. But know ye
for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent
blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof:
for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words
in your ears.
Let's see what the prophet Isaiah had to say:
Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their
strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together
to judgment. Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called
him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule
over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as
driven stubble to his bow. He pursued them, and passed safely; even
by the way that he had not gone with his feet. Who hath wrought
and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD,
the first, and with the last; I am he. The isles saw it,
and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came. They
helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother,
Be of good courage. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and
he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying,
It is ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, that
it should not be moved. But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob
whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have
taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof,
and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and
not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold,
all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:
they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended
with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing
of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto
thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and
ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the
Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument
having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small,
and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall
carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice
in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. When
the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their
tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel
will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains
in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar,
the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert
the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they
may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand
of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons,
saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us
what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be,
that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare
us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that
we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we
may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, ye are of
nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth
you. I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from
the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon
princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay. Who hath
declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we
may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth,
yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that
heareth your words. The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold
them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. For
I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was
no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Behold,
they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten
images are wind and confusion.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth;
I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:
he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged,
till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his
law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched
them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of
it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that
walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold
thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people,
for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners
from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison
house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will
I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the
former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they
spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and
his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all
that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness
and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that
Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout
from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare
his praise in the islands. The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he
shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall
prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been
still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing
woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and
hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands,
and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that
they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These
things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned
back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that
say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. Hear, ye deaf; and look,
ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf,
as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is
perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant? Seeing many things, but thou
observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased
for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it
honourable. But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are
all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are
for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for
the time to come? Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers?
did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk
in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. Therefore he hath
poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and
it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him,
yet he laid it not to heart.
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed
thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee
by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters,
I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow
thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither
shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the
Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia
and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been
honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee,
and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring
thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the
north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far,
and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that
is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed
him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes,
and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together,
and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew
us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be
justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are
my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye
may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me
there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even
I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have
declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange
god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD,
that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and
there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and
who shall let it? Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles,
and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. I am the LORD,
your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Thus saith the LORD, which
maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth
forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down
together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not
know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in
the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the
owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the
desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed
for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. But thou hast not called upon
me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus
saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which
will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom
I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods
upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing
upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass,
as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD'S;
and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another
shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself
by the name of Israel. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his
redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the
last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call,
and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the
ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them
shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from
that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses.
Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their
delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses;
they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. Who hath formed a god,
or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? Behold,
all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men:
let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall
fear, and they shall be ashamed together. The smith with the tongs
both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh
it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth:
he drinketh no water, and is faint. The carpenter stretcheth out his
rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he
marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man,
according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. He heweth
him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth
for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the
rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he
will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh
bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a
graven image, and falleth down thereto. He burneth part thereof in the
fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied:
yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen
the fire: And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven
image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth
unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. They have not
known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see;
and their hearts, that they cannot understand. And none considereth
in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon
the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall
I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock
of a tree? He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside,
that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in
my right hand? Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art
my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou
shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy
transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed
thee. Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower
parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and
every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself
in Israel. Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from
the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth
forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That
frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth
wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; That confirmeth
the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers;
that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of
Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: 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.
Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have
holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings,
to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
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. 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.
For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called
thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no
God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Jeremiah told the people how long it would be before God would free them
from the Babylonian captivity:
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon
I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to
return to this place.
Was this real prophecy?
Can God see into the future?
God made the future.
God is the future.
Some one hundred years after God's message to Isaiah, we read the following
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem,
and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly
vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away
to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign
of the kingdom of Persia: To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of
Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as
she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD
spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, 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, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the
LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house
in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of
all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.
(2 Chronicles 36:19-23)
Despite the warnings given by God to His people through Isaiah, Jeremiah
et al, they were defeated and taken to Babylon. Jeremiah told them that
they would be there seventy years and we see that king Cyrus did exactly
as Isaiah prophesied.
This shows that the Bible is a prophetic book as it reveals the Truth.
Moreover, this is God's word to us to take note of and obey, if we love
I love God for His love for me.
I love my Lord Jesus Christ for His love for His Heavenly Father and His
love for me.
I believe His word.
I believe that I shall one day be in the Heavenly Presence.
In amongst the prophecy about King Cyrus is a gem; a Truth of what it is
all about. A parallel between the old and new Covenants.
In the old Covenant the nation of Israel was in Covenant with Jehovah.
They were the chosen nation because of that Covenant. But only those of
them who each returned to God from their evil ways would be redeemed.
Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have
formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten
of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as
a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else.
In the new Covenant that Jesus Christ made on our behalf with Father God,
the message is the same. Confess that God raised the Lord Jesus from the
dead and we each become part of the Christian "nation"; if we each believe
unto righteousness and obedience.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and
in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on
him shall not be ashamed.
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain;
and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came
nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the
city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her,
and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and
touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said,
Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he
that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great
prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come
at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said,
Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he
answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren
are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
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 ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all my pleasure:
Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth
the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no
light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.