A Conditional Prophecy

Isaiah 7:7-9. “Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus in Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.”

Here’s another chart that I hope will help you keep the order of events and prophecies clear:

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We have to refer back to the verses we covered last week to understand what today’s verses are saying.  Ephraim (Israel) had entered a pact with Syria to attack Judah and establish  the son of Remaliah, Pekah, as the king instead of Ahaz. God says, “It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.”  This evil plan against Judah will not work.

Why not?  Wasn’t Judah in rebellion against God?  Yes, most certainly.  But God had promised that salvation for the world would come through Judah, so no attempt to destroy Judah would have lasting success.

The main city in Syria was Damascus, and Rezin was its ruler. Within 35 years, Ephraim would be completely broken. The head of Ephraim was Samaria, and the head of Samaria was Pekah. These men didn’t know that they were facing utter ruin themselves as they planned and plotted against Judah.

And what is the condition? “If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.”

Again, God is offering redemption if only Judah will turn back to him. Ahaz, as we will see tomorrow, was having none of it.

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