Some of my readers may already know this but it just made an impact on me. Yes I know God is awesome, incredible, great, holy and a lot of other wonderful things. I know the Scriptures tell us God is ALL KNOWING ( Omniscient ) and there are several prophecies that point to God’s Omniscience. But something got my attention yesterday and I had to share it because it created questions for me to ask God, and I bet it might do the same for you.
No, I am not questioning God’s Omniscience. Let me explain but let me start by asking you a couple of questions first.
~ As Alpha and Omega, does God know the end from the beginning, yes or no?
~ Does God know what will happen tomorrow, and a week from today and a year from today?
~ Did God know if you would get saved or not get saved?
~ Does God have a plan for your life?
~ Does God know if you will fulfill his plan for your life?
What makes these questions important is Isaiah the prophet. You see, Isaiah lived during the reigns of Uzziah, Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. If you add up the years these kings reigned you get about 113 years. Uzziah reigned 52 years and I have not checked when, during those 52 years, when Isaiah was born. But Uzziah reigned 52 years, Jothan reigned 16 years, Ahaz reigned 16 years and Hezekiah reigned 29 years. And Isaiah the prophet lived during these times.
Here’s the kicker, Isaiah Chapter 45 you have Isaiah speaking of a king named Cyrus and during Cyrus reign as king, he will rebuild and restore Israel. Now move ahead about 150 years, Isaiah is dead and low and behold, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon carries Israel into bondage. Daniel the prophet, along with his three friends are in captivity in Babylon.
Daniel interprets the dream of the image of gold, silver, brass and iron and clay. Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar there is going to be a kingdom after Nebuchadnezzar’s. Time goes on and it is time for a kingdom change. So Darius the Mede ( Medes and the Persians ) starts his rule. And guess who his nephew is? Cyrus. Daniel 6:28 KJV
” So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”
So about 150 years after Isaiah the prophet lived, Daniel the prophet takes a prophecy from Isaiah 150 years earlier, to Cyrus. The prophecy, God is calling Cyrus by his name and says what Cyrus will do. Now imagine this. Someone from God comes to you and hands you a paper from 150 years ago. That paper identifies you and who you are, calls you by your name and says what you will do, what would you think? Especially knowing the person handing you the paper has a 100% success rate on prophecies?
This makes me ask God questions. Cyrus had free will. Did Cyrus have a choice? God knew what Cyrus would choose. It is just so incredible 150 years after the prophecy is given because the same type of situation happened regarding Jesus. Except Jesus knew and Cyrus had no idea until Daniel showed him.
Had to share that one. Until next time.