Material Restoration

Isaiah 44:24-27. “Thus saith the Lord, the 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.”

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The omnipotent God mentions four things He has done in the past:  Formed babies in the womb; made all things; stretched the heavens alone; and spread abroad the earth by Himself.

Six of His present works:  Frustrates the signs of liars;  drives  diviners (witches, fortune tellers) crazy; makes wise men doubt themselves; makes their wisdom to be foolishness; confirms the word of His servants, such as Isaiah; and performs the counsel of His servants.

In verse 26, God says that Jerusalem will once again be inhabited. This prophecy was fulfilled about 200 years later, when Cyrus of Persia decreed that Jews could return to their own land and rebuild their city and temple (II Chron 26: 22-23). Verse 27 refers  to the turning of the river Euphrates out of its regular channel, flowing through Babylon so that Cyrus could get into the city by the river bed and take it by surprise (Dan. 5). Cyrus turned the river into a large lake (40 sq. mi. area) which had already been made to carry off excessive waters of the Euphrates.  Thy rivers in v. 27 refers to the many canals and artificial streams by which Babylon and the surrounding country were watered from the river Euphrates.

 

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