ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.
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PROPHESYING DURING a time just before a calamity has to be one of the worst jobs ever. Isaiah was called to be a prophet during a visit to the throne room of God to preach to the kingdom of Judah, but his orders were to
Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.
THIS WEEK’S Old Testament study is another lesson in how much depth the scriptures contain when we actually look.
We discuss the prophetic implications of Psalms 22-24, the Divine Council references in Psalms 47 and 68, and the setting of the time and place — just after David’s victories over the Jebusites to take Jerusalem and the Philistines at the Valley of Rephaim — in which they were composed.