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6/22/16 – God has a plan that cannot be changed

Published: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

New book published and is now available.

I have recently published another book, “On the Inside Looking Out.”  The entire book discusses the topic of how can Christians become more Christ-like in their attitudes and behaviors.  There is a special section on how Christians should view the concept of death.  It can be found at most online retail book outlets.  A brief video trailer can be found at either of the following two web sites:

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The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.  I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down.  His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.”  This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations.  For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?  His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?   Isaiah 14:24-27

If you believe there is an all-powerful God, then this passage from Isaiah sounds very scary.  The Old Testament book of Isaiah is a gold mine of truth about God.  It has also been called the “fifth” gospel, because of the large amount of passages that contain prophecy concerning the Messiah.  Isaiah began prophesying in 740BC.  During the 1500’s, scholars assigned chapter and verse numbers to all the books of the Bible. Before then, it was continuous writing with no breaks.  I think we are all glad they did that.  What is interesting is the number of chapters assigned for the book of Isaiah is 66.  This is also the total number of books in the Bible.  In addition, there is a major section of Isaiah that ends with Chapter 39.  Beginning with Chapter 40, Isaiah speaks of the comfort of the people after the Babylonian captivity.  Similarly, the Old Testament contains 39 chapters and the New Testament contains 27 chapters.  As we all know, the 39 chapters of the OT speak of the failures of the Hebrews to maintain a healthy relationship with God.  The NT speaks of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross has given us forgiveness of all of our sins.  Isaiah is a very interesting book.

 

The passage above is in a section that describes God’s judgment of all of the nations that fought against the Hebrews.  The passage speaks specifically of Assyria that wiped out 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel in 722BC with extremely harsh actions.  God says He will judge Assyria for what it did to the Hebrew nation.

The passage goes on to say that this is what God will do to all the nations of the world.  This judgment may be for all the nations that war against Israel.  This is absolutely fascinating since the current nation of Israel did not exist until 1948.  Due to the Holocaust, the United Nations granted land in the Middle East for the reestablishment of a homeland for all Jews.  Since that time the Jews and surrounding Arab nations have been at war with one another.  There are many nations in the world that are choosing to support the Arab nations.  Currently, the United States is a supporter of Israel. 

God says, “as I have planned, so it will be.”  It is amazing to look at history and see God’s judgment on many nations.  It is beyond exciting to see God’s hand currently working in all the nations of the earth to carry out His plan.  God has a plan to judge every nation, including the United States. No one can thwart God’s plan.  There will be a time in the future that the Bible calls “the Lord’s Day”.  Jesus Christ will come again and God will bring an end to Satan, death, and evil.  There will be a new heaven and a new earth where there is no more crying or mourning.  I cannot wait!  Can you?  The final words of the passage above are sobering, “His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” 

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