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Hindsight indeed has a 20/20 vision. Just think how nations would have responded if they had only known what the Nazis were doing to Jewish people during World War II.
What about our nation’s history of slavery? What if we knew then what we know now about slavery’s lasting impact on Africa and on the people who were yanked from their homes, families, and culture to make a profit for their masters?
“If only we had known,” is the lament of people who observe with 20/20 vision of the impact of our actions.
20/20 vision doesn’t always have to look backward in history. God has given the world prophets to help us see the future with 20/20 vision.
What is the prophet’s message about the future? Can people in 2021 learn from a prophet, who served 700 years before Christ?
20/20 Vision of the Future
The prophet’s 20/20 vision of the future is intended to convince people to “walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2.5).
This is the vision of what is yet to come.
In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it. (Isaiah 2.2)
According to the prophecy, God is met at “the highest of the mountains.” The religion of Israel is THE true religion, and her God is THE true God.
The nations will recognize the truth of Jesus’ words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14.6).
Paul’s words to the Philippians will be revealed to their fullest extent.
At the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2.10-11)
Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2.3)
On that day, people will forsake their self-sufficiency and willfulness and will cease operating out of their best thinking.
They will come to God for guidance because they believe he is good and has their best interests at heart.
They will come to be taught. They will be taught, so that they may walk in God’s paths.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2.4)
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14.27).
Any attempt at peace that is separate from God’s plan is futile. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus enable us to have peace with God.
God has the ultimate peace plan for both individuals and nations.
That is why Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9.6).
This 20/20 vision of the future is intended to shape our present existence.
Let’s hear and follow Isaiah’s words.
O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the Lord! (Isaiah 2.5)
About This Blog
Rudy Ross is an excellent student of Isaiah. Rudy and I have a video you can see on the Bob Spradling YouTube Chanel.
Rudy will bring a different dimension to Isaiah than what is in my blog. I hope you will check out and enjoy my interviews with him.
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