*The Role of the Prophet*

The prophet was commissioned by God to communicate His will to His people. Sometimes this came in the form of dire warnings or scathing rebukes; other times he foretold future events; still other times he brought a word of hope and encouragement. In this opening message, Steve gives an overview of how God has used the prophets in the past and will continue to use them all the way to the end of time. Steve Gallagher (43:37)”

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The Life and Times of Isaiah

Steve introduces the first of the great prophetical books by highlighting the personal and national events that occurred at different times through Isaiah’s life. After a brief review of the book, Steve provides the answers to two critical questions: Did Isaiah actually write the second section of the book or did someone else write it later? Was Isaiah murdered by King Manasseh? Steve Gallagher (47:31)

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The Great Arraignment of the Jewish Nation

Isaiah 1. It is not man but God who pours out His heart in this introductory message to the book of Isaiah. God lays out the charges against His people; decimates their arguments and calls on heaven and earth to decide the case. Steve Gallagher (43:59)

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The Day Before the Day of the Lord

Isaiah 2. The Day of the Lord is coming and this chapter gives an amazing description of earth life during its final, dying moments. As an example, if 911 was the judgment of God, what was going on in our culture on 9/10/01 that brought about this judgment? The day of man is quickly coming to an end; the day of the Lord is upon us. Steve Gallagher (49:16)

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*I Saw the Lord!*

Isaiah 6. It was a divided congregation who heard Steve share this message. While some were riveted, hanging on every word, others sat in stony silence, resisting the revelation of God that was being presented to them. Such is always the case when the veil is pulled aside and people are ushered into the throne room of the Holy One of Israel. Steve Gallagher (42:10)

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The Folly of Ahaz

Isaiah 7-8. Ahaz was faced with decisions of enormous import when he took office. Assyria was growing in power and belligerence to the north. To the immediate north, Syria and Israel had formed a confederacy and were pressuring the young king of Judah to join. The Philistines to the southwest and the Edomites to the southeast were overrunning the Judean countryside. As Ahaz grappled with how to lead his nation through these difficult times, the prophet Isaiah implored him to put his trust in Jehovah. The decision he made would affect the country for the next 30 years. Steve Gallagher (44:31)

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*The Fall of Lucifer*

Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28. Jesus saw Satan “fall from heaven like lightening,” but how could this perfect being, full of the love and goodness and truth of God take that first disastrous step down the path of sin? How could this magnificent leader in Heaven’s courts break fellowship with his closest allies such as Michael and Gabriel? It began, as all such evil careers begin, with a wayward thought that gained traction. A fascinating glimpse into the life in Heaven before Lucifer’s fall from grace. Steve Gallagher (49:15)

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Isaiah’s Apocalypse

Isaiah 24. “The cycle of prophecies which commences here has no other parallel in the Old Testament,” states the Keil & Delitsch commentary. “The earth will shake. It will ‘stagger’ like a ‘drunkard’ and ‘tremble’ like ‘a tent in a storm’—clearly a description of the Tribulation,” adds Wilmington. It is all there in Isaiah’s great vision, nearly 900 years before the Revelation of John.  Steve Gallagher (37:55)

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A Tale of Two Cities

Isaiah 26.  Isaiah’s great apocalyptic vision was of the world system going through a thorough and systematic devastation. This message is not so much a description of the destruction of spiritual Babylon, which was covered in Isaiah 24, but the story of God’s people—represented as the city of God—going through that difficult period triumphantly! Steve Gallagher (38:00)

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Resisting the Enemy

Isaiah 36-37. David Ravenhill uses the story of Sennacherib’s assault on Jerusalem to lay out important truths regarding our own battles with the enemy. The believer not only must close off every opening, but he must also take definite steps to ward off the devil’s attacks. David Ravenhill (54:49)

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Comfort and Discipline

Isaiah 40.  The second “half” of the book of Isaiah begins on a completely different tone. The confrontative style and severe message have been replaced with one of consolation. Isaiah has clearly been mellowed with age as he begins to bring a fresh word from Yahweh about the restoration of His people back to their homeland. A picture of God’s dealings with His people today.  Steve Gallagher (42:25)

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Mourning the Loss of Babylon

Isaiah 47.  Part of Isaiah’s message of comfort was that God was raising up a mighty king to destroy Babylon and set His people free. But how many of the Jews alive at that time would have already given themselves over to the Babylonian culture? Some 800 years later the Holy Spirit would use this ancient prophecy to inspire the apostle John when describing the annihilation of spiritual Babylon in the last days. Will we be of those who mourn or those who rejoice at its destruction?  Steve Gallagher (42:13) NEW!

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Man of Sorrows

Isaiah 53. Herod sought to slay Him as a baby; His own townspeople attempted to throw Him off a cliff; the religious leaders treated Him with contempt; His most devoted adherents forsook Him in His time of need; and in the end, as He hung on the Cross completely alone, even His heavenly Father turned away from Him. “Rejected of men” describes the entire history of mankind toward this loving Savior. Steve Gallagher (33:30) NEW!

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An Invitation to a Feast

Isaiah 55 is one of the great chapters of the Bible. God presents an offer—to ancient Jew and modern Christian alike—to come to His table and feast on the riches of His Being. But this special invitation is not for everyone. Only the thirsty, penniless and those who desire a higher life are allowed into this tremendous banquet. Steve Gallagher (37:47) NEW!

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