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[Inner Wheel] > Isaiah 40 - Tsaddi - The Gospel Goes Forth!
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Spoke 18

Isaiah 40 chain Matthew

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias [Isaiah], saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Matthew 3:1f

The supernatural integration of chapter sequence of Isaiah with the canonical order of the 66 books is nowhere more obvious than here in the manifold links between Isaiah 40 and the Gospel of Matthew. It is here that we see God's overall design with such simple clarity:

Isaiah and the Bible
CreationIsaiah   1 chain Genesis
GospelIsaiah 40 chain Matthew
New CreationIsaiah 66 chain Revelation

Biblical scholars have documented the great division between the first 39 and last 27 chapters of Isaiah to such an extent that no demonstration is required here. On the other hand, the conclusion they typically draw, that this division proves there were at least two authors of the book, is rendered mute at best by the obviously divine integration of Isaiah with the overall structure of the Bible. The prophecy of John the Baptist in Isaiah 40 is fulfilled in Bible Book 40, the Gospel of Matthew!

Prophecy: Isaiah 40 Fulfillment: Matthew
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Indeed, the glory of the Lord was revealed! He walked among us - known by the name Jesus Christ, "and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Oh the wonders of God's Holy Word! The connection between Isaiah 40 and the Gospel is made explicit in the text of Isaiah 40.9:

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Behold your God? Glory! Jesus Christ: Almighty God manifest in the flesh! How much proof do we need? If the light were any brighter we'd all go blind! This passage corresponds both thematically and geometrically to the Book of Matthew, the First Gospel. Its thematic correlation is nothing short of a blazing miracle in that this passage also contains the first occurrence of the Hebrew pic (Maveseret), meaning Bringer of good tidings. This word is from the root pic which also debuts in Cell 40 on the Inner Cycle of the Psalms, as discussed in Psalm 40 - Behold I Come!. It also integrates with World History, with the great missionary expansion of the Eighteenth Century.

The Greek Septuagint version of Isaiah 40.9 translates "that bringest good tidings" into the word pic (Evangelizemonos). This word is used in the New Testament, translated as preach the gospel (Romans 9.18). It is from the root pic (Evangelidzo) from which we get the word Evangelize. This is the same root used in the Septuagint version of Psalm 40. It is the root of the word translated as Gospel throughout the New Testament. This means that Isaiah 40, Psalm 40, and Bible Book 40 are all perfectly correlated, with the correlating factor being the essence of the message of all Scripture - the proclamation of the Gospel of God's Righteousness!

The Gospel of God's Righteousness Goes Forth!
Book 40 Isaiah 40 Psalm 40

Here is an image of how the Inner Cycles on Level 2 relate to the Bible Wheel on Level 1. The idea Levels is explained in Three Levels:

Yet there is still more! This all integrates with the meaning of the letter Tsaddi that governs Spoke 18 on which Cell 40 resides. As discussed in detail in the introduction to Spoke 18, the fundamental significance of Tsaddi is found in the KeyWord pic (Tsaddik), which also appears in the first Tsaddi verse of the great alphabetic Psalm 119:

TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

Thus we understand Psalm 40: "Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me." This is the great prophecy of the advent of Jesus Christ the Righteous!.

The elemental force of Tsaddi is the command to go forth. This is seen by combining it with Aleph to form the word (Tsey!, Go Forth). The first occurrence of this exact word is found in Genesis 8.16 when God commanded Noah to "go forth" from the ark after the flood had receded. This then manifests in the Great Commission given at the end of Matthew:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

There is yet a deeper relation between the prophecy in Isaiah 40.3 and its fulfillment in Bible Book 40, Chapter 3. To see this, we begin by representing the verses with geometric notation:

Isaiah 40.3 = PIsaiah(40, 3)

Matthew 3.3 = PBible(40, 3, 3)

We now project the point PBible(40, 3, 3) onto the x-y plain, as explained in the Topic called Projective Links:

PBible(40, 3, 3) --> PBible(40, 3)

This point represents the entirety of Matthew Chapter 3. Now the miracle occurs, and the geometric point representing the prophetic verse from Isaiah is revealed to coincide exactly with the projection of its prophetic fulfillment in Matthew 3.3!

Link: The Voice Crying
PIsaiah( 40, 3 ) chain PBible( 40, 3 )

This link is not a KeyLink because the same words are found in other verses of Scripture.

Here is a graphic version of what is going on here. (A picture is worth a thousand words!)

Consider what this means:

The prophetic verse in Isaiah relates to its fulfillment in Matthew precisely as a shadow to the object that casts it!

Yet there is more! We can represent the link between Isaiah 40 (Book 23, Chapter 40) and Matthew (Book 40) as a kind of Key, using the mnemonic "Comfort ye my people" from the first verse of Isaiah 40:

And now we can witness one of the most amazing features of God's Word. In the article discussing the integration of the chapters of Matthew with the sequence of the Canon, I showed how the distribution of "woe" in Matthew correlates with the distribution throughout the Bible, with the common peak occurring in Matthew 23/Isaiah. I represented that link with this image:

And now we can see a little more of the infinite wisdom of God: these two keys fit together like a pair of puzzle pieces!

Note the positive/negative semantic symmetry - woe versus comfort. Praise the Lord who has revealed His glorious Wisdom!





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