This winter I went to a Christian Conference on the book of Isaiah. The title was: Crystallization Study of Isaiah-Part 2. Part one was given over the summer and mainly covered Isaiah chapters 1-39. Part 2 mainly covered Isaiah chapters 40-66. Notice how the chapters are divided up just like the Old and New Testament books: 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. This is because there is a strong correlation between each chapter of Isaiah and each book of the Bible. For example, in Isaiah chapter 40 verse 3 is the voice of one who cries in the wilderness: Make clear the way of Jehovah; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. This would correspond to Matthew (the 40th book in the Bible and the first book in the New Testament). Matthew 3:3 even quotes Isaiah 40:3 in relation to John the Baptist.
Matthew 3:3 – For this is He who was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.”
The first name and the last name (Rev. 22:21) in the New Testament is Jesus, proving that Jesus Christ is the subject and content of the New Testament. Jesus Christ is also the focus of Isaiah, especially in chapters 40-66. Jesus Christ is what I went to the conference for and Jesus Christ is what I got. I hope to blog more about this conference in the days to come.
There were 2 messages a day for 6 days. The titles for each message are as follows:
Message 1: Announcing the All-inlcusive Christ, Jehovah the Savior, as the Glad Tidings
Message 2: Living in the Reality of the New Creation
Message 3: Christ as the Servant of Jehovah Typified by Cyrus the King of Persia, Israel, and Isaiah
Message 4: Christ as the Servant of Jehovah
Message 5: The All-inclusive Christ in His Four Stages according to God’s New Testament Economy (1) In the Stage of His Incarnation
Message 6: The All-inclusive Christ in His Four Stages according to God’s New Testament Economy (2) In the Stage of His Crucifixion
Message 7: The All-inclusive Christ in His Four Stages according to God’s New Testament Economy (3) In the Stage of His Resurrection and Ascension
Message 8: Christ as the Covenant and as the Light to be God’s Full Salvation
Message 9: The Intrinsic Significance of Keeping the Sabbath and of Fasting
Message 10: The Call to the Thirsty Ones to Come to the Waters
Message 11: God’s Dwelling Place-a House of Prayer and the House of His Beauty
Message 12: Living and Proclaiming Christ as the Jubilee of Grace for His Second Coming