The redemptive purposes and provision of God in Jesus Christ are for all peoples of the world! …. “For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16) Apostle Paul declared that the “Mystery of the Gospel” was that “the Gentiles [all who are not Jews] are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakes of the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” (Read the entire passage – Ephesians 2:11 – 3:13!) This should make us rejoice… The message of the Gospel is for all! All can experience the life-transforming grace of God in Christ! It is offered to all – Jesus died for the sins of all mankind! (Check out Romans 3:21-25!)
So this morning during my devotions I read a wonderful prophecy in the Bible! A prophecy that some have tried to find partially fulfilled in the past, but admittedly never completely fulfilled to the degree described in the Bible! I am convinced God intends a complete fulfillment – a miraculous, wonderful fulfillment! Here is what Isaiah, prompted by the Holy Spirit, prophesied…
“IN THAT DAY there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of Hosts…
“IN THAT DAY there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and He will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.
“IN THAT DAY there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
“IN THAT DAY Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.’” (From Isaiah 19:18–25 ESV)
That’s right… Israel, and also Egypt and Assyria! Two historic Biblical nations that embrace an area that today is occupied by Israel’s arch adversaries – enemies bent on her destruction! This prophecy will be fulfilled “IN THAT DAY!” – A future day in God’s great redemptive plan! A wonderful day! A glorious day! I don’t have the precise day of fulfillment circled on my calendar, (only God knows that day), but I have it in my heart! Although it may seem absolutely impossible right now, one day it will be fulfilled – It’s part of God’s great redemptive plan in Christ Jesus! If you really embrace and love the truth of John 3:16, Isaiah’s prophecy ought to make you want to dance with joy! … And pray earnestly for its complete fulfillment!