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The Prophets: Isaiah
Isaiah, from the Hebrew name pronounced yesh-aw-yaw (notice how in English, and other languages, pronunciation of Biblical names are sometimes almost unrecognizable from their actual sound in Hebrew) meaning the LORD has saved, was a prominent prophet of God, after The Division Of Israel, to the Kings of Judah - Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (see Kings of Israel and Judah) - at the time that The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" was being erased (see The Galilee Captivity).
"1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." (Isaiah 1:1 KJV)
"The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea"
Isaiah had one of the longest ministries of any of the prophets (see also The Prophets: What Is A Prophet?) to Israel and Judah (see The Prophets: North and South and the Fact Finder below for detailed studies for each chapter of Isaiah). Parallel accounts of some of Isaiah's activities are found in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles and the book that is named after the prophet himself, Isaiah. As was the case with all of the true prophets, Isaiah's ministry was to deliver a warning from the LORD to His people that they were endangering their national survival by their corruption.
"1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
The prophecies given to Isaiah, by the Messiah Himself (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), are also rich in Messianic detail - some of which were fulfilled at the Christ's first coming, the rest of which will be completed upon His return.
"9:1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee [see also The Prophet Of Galilee] of the nations. 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." (Isaiah 9:1-2 KJV)
Fact Finder: For detailed examination of each chapter of the book of Isaiah, see the studies below from our Bible Reading Plan: