Just wanted to bump this wonderful article by a former member, A777. Also with memories of Alive-to-God...both of your valuable inputs on this forum are missed!
Read and be blessed!!
A proclamation for all with deepest gratefulness to God.
Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psa 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psa 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
I believe God's Words in the KJV are pure words, tried seven times. I believe the Lord has preserved His Word to us from generation to generation and we have it in the form of the KJV.
I believe God's promise, that He preserved His Word and I have no doubts at all about each jot and tittle that I read. I have complete confidence in His preserved Word.
If you don't have a Bible that you can say this about, you need to get with God and find that Bible, because He said, He would preserve His Word.
If you have a Bible that you can say that about, then God bless you. You need to have a Bible that you can believe without hesitation that it is the Lord's complete and preserved Word, down through the generations, to you.
What a mighty God we serve. Is anything too small for God?
I believe our Mighty God could even influence men through the inspiraton of the Holy Spirit to use the chapters and verses that He wanted. Why not? Is anything too hard for our God. It's all about faith brothers and about "seeing" and about being childlike, not about intellectualism and man's wisdom. Do you have this faith in the God of the Bible that you read and base your very existence now and eternally, on?
How could, God, even influence chapters and verses? I don't know, that's His business. He has a lot of gold nuggets like this in His Word where He delights in us finding them out. It speaks of His might and to us personally, that nothing happens to you, unless the Lord allows it. Look, at how He regards His Word even above His name. He watched over His Word and protected it through the centuries. Men have tried to tamper with it, but He would not allow it.
I do know that Isaiah has 66 chapters in it which may be the Lord's built in stamp on the canon of 66 books. Far-fetched? Here is something that you may find interesting and even be blessed by. The perfection of God's Word.
Isaiah has 66 chapters and the entire Bible has 66 books. The 66 chapters of Isaiah is said to be a miniature bible. And Looking at chapter 40 verse 3 we can associate that to book 40 (Matthew) chapter 3 where John the Baptist is identified as the voice in the wilderness spoken about in Isaiah 40:3. Still far fetched? Keep reading.
God is the divine engineer and could it be that He even inspired the men that divided up the Bible into chapters and verses? Of course!! He is in control of everything, especially when it comes to His Word. You should take comfort in the fact that even the smallest parts of our lives are very important to Him.
Look at Genesis 14 (note the number 14) and the 14th Epistle (Hebrews). The author writes in details on Melchizedek mentioned only twice in the OT.
Or, the Psalm 43 prayer is answered in Book 43, the Gospel of John. "Send thy light and thy truth"; "My Father hath sent me", "I am the Light of the world", "I am the Way the truth and the life".
Wow!! Is it possible, that the Lord Jehovah even supervised the ordering of the books? This must be a coincindence, eh?
Back to Isaiah:
With its sixty-six chapters forming a one-to-one correspondence with the sixty-six books of the Bible, Isaiah presents a complete image of the Bible within the Bible. This idea is not new. Many previous authors have acknowledged the relation between Isaiah and the Bible. Consider these words from the Introduction to Isaiah found in Thomas Nelsons New King James Version:
Isaiah is like a miniature Bible. The first thirty-nine chapters (like the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament) are filled with judgment upon immoral idolatrous men. Judah has sinned; the surrounding nations have sinned; the whole earth has sinned. Judgment must come, for God cannot allow such blatant sin to go unpunished forever. But the final twenty-seven chapters (like the twenty-seven books of the New Testament) declare a message of hope. The Messiah is coming as a Savior and a Sovereign to bear a cross and to wear a crown.
The similarities and parallels between Isaiahs 66th chapter and the 66th book of the Bible have been well noted amongst scholars, but it still amazes me every time I think about it.
It is very appropriate for the last Chapter of the book of Isaiah to be tied thematically with the last book in the Bible, but what makes these connections so stunning is that reading Isaiah 66 is like reading a condensed version of Revelation. Look at these amazing similarities.
Isa. 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Rev. 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.
Isa. 66:3-4 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Rev. 18: 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev.18: 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow
.9) And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.
Isa. 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompense to his enemies.
Rev. 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: andthere were lightnings, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Isa. 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Rev. 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered
.. 5) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] His throne.
Isa. 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
Rev.21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
Rev. 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Isa. 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire
.16) For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
Rev.9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings [was] as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle
.18)By thesethree was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Isa. 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Isa. 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
Rev.15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues;for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
Isa. 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Rev. 21:And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Rev 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Isa. 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Rev. 19:20-21 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophetthat wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth (Jesus Christ): and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Did this bless you? It did me. Do you think we have an amazing God? Yes, He is amazing. He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God is He.
Ah Lord God, thou hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power. Nothing is too difficult for thee, nothing is too difficult for thee, Ah, great and mighty God, great in power and mighty in deed, nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing is too difficult for thee.
HAPPY 400th BIRTHDAY to the AUTHORIZED KING JAMES BIBLE
and of course..... it is the Spirit that gives life, but His Words are spirit and they are life.
Blessings to all,