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Isaiah prophesies about the Messiah and also the Assyrian invasion with its implications for Assyria and Judah : Isaiah 8−12
Isaiah saw a day when Judah would meet the same fate as Israel: both were to walk so far away from God that he had nothing left to protect from invasion, despite warning them repeatedly.
But still God, through Isaiah, still pleaded with people to look to God:
Isaiah 8:20-22 Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.
The warning was then followed by the promise of future glory:
Isaiah 9:1 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
Through a promised Messiah, whom we all now recognise as Jesus:
Isaiah 9:6-7For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!