A Divine Moment in History... Is It Prophetic?
By James David Burney, 19 February 2017                     Click here for developing essay regarding modern-day Prophecy
(On 12 May 2017 a text box was added below the three YouTube videos)

Consider how the course of human events is known by God even before they occur... and consider that God, who is in control of all things, has often foretold of what is to come. Further consider how disconnected we often are from the viewpoint of God when it comes to our daily lives.

And now consider these scriptures:

Amos 3:7 "Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets."

Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:7 "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons
and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
"

1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 "Don't stifle the Spirit. Don't despise prophecies, but test all things. Hold on to what is good."

What does that have to do with yesterday's public "rally" in Florida? Let me tell you (and you will need your SPIRITUAL eyes to see this)...

Yesterday, President Trump held a "rally" in Melbourne Florida. Why? Because the completely dishonest media is putting out so much false "news" that he felt it necessary to speak directly to the American people. 

Yet something quite unique and deeply spiritual occurred.

This is "invisible" to the non-spiritually minded. Take a moment, open your spiritual eyes, and consider this...

At the Melbourne Florida "rally", the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump, before introducing her husband, President of the United States Donald J. Trump, says "Let us pray". And then she delivers a heartfelt reading of the Lord's Prayer...

   Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
   Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
   Give us this day our daily bread,
   And forgive us our trespasses,
        as we forgive those who trespass against us,
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
   For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
   Amen.

In my lifetime, such a thing has NEVER occurred.

So stunning was this, that I have been considering the significance of it for the last 24 hours. It is one of many things that have seemed curious to me now for many days.

After all, the total outrage against Trump long ago surpassed the boundaries of sanity. So the natural question to a logical person is "Why?".

Melania Opens Public Event with Lord's Prayer

Indulge me further here...

Three days ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal ("Echoes of King David in President Donald") which I found to be rather stunning... and it has been on my mind ever since.

In this article dated 16 February 2017, an unexpected comparison of Donald Trump to Israel's ancient King David was made. It was so curious to me that I have been thinking about it for the last three days, stunned that such a comparison had been published in a major news outlet.

Then today, an understanding began to congeal for me. The catalyst for that was yesterday's public event in Melbourne Florida and the recitation of the Lord's Prayer by Melania Trump.

It was remarkable that the Lord's Prayer was the opening of a public event held by the President of the United States, since such a display of faith has never occurred in my lifetime. Furthermore, during his speech, the President commented on environmental matters and where anyone else would have said "the earth", it was notable that Donald Trump chose to say "God's earth".

It was so out of the norm that I noticed it.

Regarding "Prophecy", the following scriptures instruct us on how to view a prophet.

First, Paul tells us to desire the gift of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, and in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 "Don't stifle the Spirit. Don't despise prophecies, but test all things. Hold on to what is good."

Second, the rule for accepting a prophet is found in Deuteronomy 18:22, which states:

"If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed."

Not long ago, I became aware of a "prophet" who recently died. I saw something from this "prophet" that stunned me.

First note that this "prophecy" was given on 4 April 2007, long before even the election of Barak Hussein Obama. In fact, this "prophecy" was given 9.5 years before the election of Donald Trump, long before Trump ever seriously considered running for office.

Watch the video at right...

Take a moment and watch it for it is the kind of thing that makes the hairs on the back of my neck "stand up".

A Trump in the White House to become a trumpet of God.

Is that not truly stunning?

And that was 9.5 years before the election of Donald Trump.

But it does not end there. No, there is more.

Look at the next "prophecy".
 

From 4 April 2007 -- A Prophecy?

This "prophecy" was given 3 years ago, and told of a major upset in the "upcoming Presidential election".

This "prophecy" states that there will be multiple calls for impeachment, but they will not be successful (and since BEFORE the inauguration of Trump, the Demoncraps have been calling for impeachment, even introducing legislation this last week to attempt such an act of Congress).

This "prophecy" states that God has chosen "My David that I have set aside for this nation" (remember from above the WSJ article from 16 February 2017 "Echoes of King David in President Donald").

Watch this video at right... and be sure to watch the WHOLE THING !!!

Take a moment and watch it for it is the kind of thing that AGAIN makes the hairs on the back of my neck "stand up".

So what does all of this mean?

For those with spiritual eyes to see, I believe we are witnessing a movement of God among us... and if we watch very closely, we will see fulfillment of the prophesies in the Bible as well.

From 22 February 2014 -- A Prophecy?

North Korea Risks
Nuclear Threats
Satellite delivered EMP IMPORTANT!!
 
Additionally, I have another prophetic word regarding North Korea from 26 April 2017 wherein an attack against "American allied forces" will succeed as a piercing blow and will precipitate a totally devastating response, extensively destroying North Korea. There are three parts, click here for part one.

EDIT TO INSERT THIS TEXT BOX AS OF 12 May 2017
Notice that in these "prophecies" there is a reference to a nation "itching for a new kind of war" with the United States and it would arise AFTER Obama left office, upon the next President's assumption of the position. We have suddenly seen a serious threat of North Korea threatening a nuclear war and a burning down of Washington D.C.

Additionally, there is reference in these "prophecies" of the "gatekeeper of New York" at the time of 9/11/2001 and also of a new "Edward Snowden" coming forth to expose more corruption along with deeply embarrassing revelations for both Republicans and more extensively for Democrats. I am unsure of the new leaker of significant information, but could it be that Rudi Giuliani will be assigned a critical role in the US Government, such as the new FBI director after the firing of James Comey?

What to watch for?

From Kim Clement (IF he is a prophet):

  • Increasing professions of faith from Donald Trump
  • Reelection to a second term as President
  • Massive economic restoration in the United States
  • Significant debt reduction (or completely paid off as was done only by one other President in history: Andrew Jackson)

From Scripture:

  • Strike at the Aswan Dam for Egypt's sin of being a weak reed of support for Israel -- Ezekiel 29:10
  • Asteroid hitting an ocean -- Revelation 8:8
  • A strategic alliance of Russia (Magog), Libya (Put), Iran (Persia), and Sudan-Somalia (Cush) -- Ezekiel 38:5

Additional Thoughts as of 21 February 2017 From Email Exchange with a Pastor / Leader of a Recognized Church
Someone shared some thoughts with me which I found valuable, and included a statement of the "shock value" of the boldness of the "prophet" (though I am sure the prophets throughout history were considered shockingly bold since most ended up being killed--Matthew 23:37--and often wrote outright shocking things, such as Ezekiel in http://biblehub.com/ezekiel/23-20.htm which causes me to flinch in disgust, yet it is the confirmed Word of the Lord).
 
I believe there is a difference between a "trumpet in the White House" vs. that person being the chosen instrument to bring about a revival. I don't think the former is the same as the latter, though with a bully pulpit that size, expressions of faith certainly invigorate the evangelical Christian, and MAY bring a revival netting non-believers and disillusioned believers.
 
As for Trump's faith, I leave that to God to judge, but what I can SEE with my own eyes is that he has, upon assumption of power, brought a refocus on the Christian faith and a public recognition of the threat of Islam. For example:
  • Obama publicly stated that we are no longer a Christian nation, yet Trump has reversed that publicly.
  • Obama instigated the Egyptian UN resolution against Israel (thus forever ensuring Egypt as a "weak reed of support" after its peace treaty of the late 1970s Ezekiel 29:10) and then refused to veto the sanction.
  • Obama has assisted a "migration" (better recognized as an Trojan-horse-styled invasion) of Islam into America (which is far more fully implemented throughout Europe already).
  • Public statements of faith from Trump:
    • Melania's recitation of the Lord's Prayer (which has drawn total outrage, and days of media attention!!!) at the Saturday event (never before in our lifetime has this occurred).
    • Intentionally referring to the earth as "God's earth" in his public remarks.
  • Faith and prayer advisors to Trump are Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress (used Nehemiah when advising Trump to build the walls, excellent modern-day application of OT scripture - http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/01/god_is_not_against_building_wa.html), and numerous others.
I fully accept the canonized Prophets since the decision to incorporate their prophesies was subject to EXTENSIVE analysis and consensus for the first 1,000 years of the church and formalized in Catholic conferences and further accepted by nearly all Protestant divisions arising within the world-wide church. In fact, the canonized Prophets, having been "bound on earth" by consensus of deliberate men, has further been "bound in heaven" by God Himself (Matthew 18:18).
 
Now, as regards a modern-day "prophet", I am unsure about Kim Clement, yet I am intrigued. I would never "put my faith" in a modern-day "prophet". I am keenly aware of the scriptures about prophecy (First, Paul tells us to desire the gift of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:1-5. Second, the rule for accepting a prophet is found in Deuteronomy 18:22, which states: "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.")
 
Of course, the various facets of modern-day Christendom have various views of Holy Spirit gifting. Some believe the Holy Spirit is a retired author. Some believe the Holy Spirit only "urges" us. Some believe the giftings of 1 Corinthians 14 are only sporadically found among us. Still others believe the full gifting is still fully active among us. I don't get into discussions about the extensiveness of the Spirit's gifts in our time period since so many people are of so wide an array of opinion and immediately pass judgment on anyone not agreeing with them (2 Timothy 2:23-26), but I do recognize something as curious, and that is why I included the question "Is it prophetic?" in my title for this page.
 
I do also know for a fact that scripture tells us these two things:
  • Amos 3:7 "Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets."
  • Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:7 "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."
So, similar to Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 2:19), I ponder these things in my heart and similar to those considered wise and successful in understanding (Proverbs 11:14), I solicit the opinions of other thoughtful people.
 
I agree completely that God uses both the faithful and the pagan to achieve His plans.
 
And I also recognize something else about God and His plans: there are THREE facets.
  1. The church (i.e. the spiritual body of Christ) composed first of Jews and then also of Gentiles who have been grafted into spiritual Israel such that all of "Israel" will be saved.
  2. The physical nation of Israel about which so many canonized Prophets wrote regarding the future (including the re-establishment in 1948 as prophesied in Ezekiel 28:25 and Ezekiel 34:13 and numerous other scriptures including Jesus' own words in Luke 21:24 which was fulfilled in 1967).
  3. The use of "the nations" of the earth to accomplish His purposes, including the Prophets' words of yet-to-have-occurred events, such as:
    • Strike at the Aswan Dam for Egypt's sin of being a weak reed of support for Israel -- Ezekiel 29:10 (Note, Aswan was specifically mentioned in prophecy 3,000 years before the dam was built)
    • Asteroid hitting an ocean -- Revelation 8:8
    • A strategic alliance of Russia (Magog), Libya (Put), Iran (Persia), and Sudan-Somalia (Cush) -- Ezekiel 38:5
On this last matter, there is no prophecy that I have seen of the other descendents of Japheth coming to the aid of Israel, thus I am NOT SURE AT ALL that America will remain in support of Israel in the timing of such fulfillment of OT Prophecy. In fact, the great deceiver that is the "anti-Christ" of the "last days" will deceive the ENTIRE WORLD, even the church if such a thing were possible, so the reality is that in the "last days" events prophesied, Israel as a physical nation may stand completely alone, which would certainly demonstrate the power of Yahweh in wiping out the enemies of Israel prior to the return of Jesus Christ.
 
But that does not preclude the application of prophesy in the days of a nation and its leader. In fact, Jonah was quite unhappy that God wanted the people of Ninevah to change their ways (though they were without divine revelation, not having "scripture", i.e. Torah) and thus sent a "prophet" (Jonah) to them, and it had the effect of repentance, and God's relent of His intention to punish them.
 
Also, I recognize that blessing followed leaders who honored God by the reading of the Word of the Lord (such as Deut 31:11, Nehemiah 8:1, and 2 Kings 23, just to cite a few places of scripture). One such example is Joseph at the end of Genesis wherein the Pharoah of that day honored the God of Joseph.
 
Let me ask you this: What do you think you would have felt or believed if you had been in Pharoah's court when a prisoner was brought to interpret the dream of the sheaves and the emaciated cattle? And would you have believed him and approved of his elevation to the 2nd highest position in the land? (Matthew 23:30) BTW, Do you know that the canal/reservoir of water built by Joseph still exists today and is still named after him 3,600 years later (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahr_Yussef)?
 
While I am unsure about the "prophecy" of Kim Clement, what I see is something worth noting:
  • 9.5 years before election, the "word" was that God would put a "trump into the White House to become a trumpet of the Lord", and the PERSON (Donald Trump) at that time had no public designs whatsoever to run for President.
  • 3 years before today, "they will cry 'impeach, impeach'".
  • the other statements about "going in whispering My name" and so many other words that are very much aligned to what we have seen these last 3 months.
  • and the parts yet "unfulfilled" such as the 8 year presidency, the unsuccessful efforts to remove Trump from office, the rattling of the enemies of Israel, the elimination of the debt of the USA, the massive buildup of wealth in the USA, etc. etc. etc.
Suffice it to say that my present analysis is this:
  1. We have the canon established with great deliberation by men and thus "bound in Heaven" by God (Matthew 18:18),
  2. The instruction of Paul that anyone preaching another gospel is cursed (Galatians 1:8),
  3. The instruction of Paul to desire spiritual gifts, particularly the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:5),
  4. And the test of the "prophet" (Deuteronomy 18:22).
If all aspects of the "prophecy" of Kim Clement occurs, then his "thus saith the Lord" is confirmed according to Deuteronomy 18:22. It seems to me that it is worth "keeping an eye on it"... not for my faith in God nor for my salvation, rather for my witness of God moving among us in these early moments of the coming "last days".

One More Series of Thoughts as of 21 February 2017

I understand the hesitancy to "align with" certain things, in fact, I share it. Caution is warranted and prudent.
 
I do think that the "spiritual nation" aspect of God's interest does not preclude His simultaneous interest in the nations of the earth as you noted that He may have purpose for sovereign nations. Further, I agree that America is not of equal standing to Israel, neither spiritually nor as a nation upon the earth.
 
Yes, the American nation was founded on Christian principles, yet not all were Christians nor "evangelical" Christians. The "endowed by their Creator" phrase acknowledged a universal principle, yet God equally has no problem with slavery though it was considered distasteful to even the Apostles (yet Paul still returned the slave Onesimus to his master Philemon). I don't think God sees America as a physical representation of His people. That is reserved for Israel alone, as regards the physical, for His promise to Abraham and the lineage of Israel is a forever promise, thus the remaining unfulfilled prophecies regarding the physical nation of Israel (which began earnest fulfillment in 1948 and 1967). Those unfulfilled prophecies are imminent, in my estimation. (KEY: Ezekiel 29:10 which will soon occur, irradiating the entire Nile such that it is uninhabitable, and that is why Egypt is not among the nations arrayed against in Ezekiel 38-39.)
 
Regarding walls, I view it this way: Nehemiah built walls to protect his people, doing so with a public reading of the Word of the Lord and also arming his workers to carry a weapon in one hand while working with the other hand (Nehemiah 4:16-23) and this physical wall was to protect the people under his charge. The pastor from Texas used that with Trump to indicate that protecting a nation while seeking Divine guidance and blessing has precedence, and success. The comingling of a biblical history with a present-day issue seems appropriate to me, for we do that every Sunday in assembly: apply a Divine principle or biblically historical event to the present circumstances of our lives.
 
Regarding prophesying, we again share a very similar view, it seems. Prophesying is simply speaking the Word of the Lord by the Spirit of the Lord. Sometimes that is a "foretelling" and other times it is a "discernment" (such as with Ananias, Acts 5:1-11). I also agree that the gifting of the Spirit, including the prophetic foretelling, is rarely seen, and I think I know why. Because we don't believe. We don't believe the mountain will get up and throw itself into the sea. We don't believe the storm will obey the command to "be still". We don't believe the "little girl, ARISE" will bring her back to life. We don't believe....... plain and simple.
 
Let me give you a single example (from numerous ones) in my own life when I KNOW FOR SURE it was God speaking or acting through me (a prophetic utterance in this case):
  1. In the 1990s, a dear friend's mother was dying a slow, painful death of an extremely rare type of cancer which would take up to 9 months of excruciating pain before she would finally succumb. I offered to pray with my friend (not in the presence of the mother), yet first, in my heart (Genesis 24:45) I asked the Holy Spirit to give me the right words. Then I opened my mouth, and to my own surprise, as well as that of my dear friend, I prayed for the mother to die and spare the family the long, excruciating death for which there was no human medical relief. I was surprised that I pray that prayer. I honestly thought I would be praying for healing. I was actually shocked at my prayer and even my dear friend was not expecting such a prayer, yet did say "Amen" at the end. Three days later I saw my friend again and learned that the very night I had prayed for the mother to die, the mother did in fact die, and even the doctors were at a loss to explain the suddenness of her death. That was prophecy, an utterance aligned with God's purpose, thus acted upon by the Lord. (There are many instances in my life where I "heard" the Spirit, then saw the stunning results.)
You see, we speak it into existence, and if we are being "inspired by the Holy Spirit", then what we say aligns with God's intent, and it will in fact be accomplished. If one just walks up to a mountain and tells it to be thrown into the sea, the mountain itself will laugh (in total silence) at the foolishness, and will not be moved. But in the REAL moment, when God is there, and the power of the Holy Spirit falls upon someone, then the command will in fact be obeyed. I don't know for sure if the "prophetic" utterances of Kim Clement are "inspired by the Holy Spirit", but just as I am cautious, I also do not just dismiss it, rather I follow Paul's instruction "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good." (1 Thess 5:19-21). So I test it, according to THE test -- Deuteronomy 18:22. And I share it with others of strong faith, for IF (big IF) God is moving among us in plain sight (for those with eyes to see), then I certainly don't want to miss it !!!
 
JOSEPH: Let me explain about my comment regarding Joseph. Jesus said, "And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’" (Matthew 23:30). Pharoah had a dream that was so strange. He couldn't shake it off, so he asked his "wise men" but no one understood it. Then a prisoner, tattered and filthy, is brought to him to interpret it. He did so, and Pharoah recognized the prophecy in the interpretation, immediately elevating Joseph to the second highest position in the land. The result includes a canal and lake that remain even today, still named after him. What if we had been there and seen the moment Joseph "interprets" the dream? Would we have dismissed him as a ragged criminal who should shut up and go back to his prison cell? Would we think Pharoah crazy? After all, his prophecy was set for 7 years into the future (actually 14 for the entire fulfillment). Jesus, in talking to the Pharisees, said (paraphrased) "Oh yeah, you SAY you would not have murdered the prophets, but yet they were murdered by your predecessors who were just like you!"
 
I guess what I am saying is this: Would we have recognized a prophet appearing had we lived in the ancient past? Would we recognize a prophet appearing in our present? The people of his day thought Noah a lunatic for he spent decades building a crazy box in the middle of nowhere... yet the rain came. I believe this is WHY the Apostle Paul says "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good." (1 Thess 5:19-21). I think WE (the world-wide "body of Christ" at this time in history) frequently "quench the Spirit" and that is why we rarely ever see a demonstration of the Power of God in our daily lives. It is Satan's success for he certainly does not want a people on this earth walking in the full power and inspiration of the Spirit of God. Thus we infrequently see, as you wrote: "I long to see more of that here!"
 
ISLAM: Of course, you know about the curriculum I have prepared for you regarding Islam (http://www.davidburney.com/Personal/Faith/Islam/CurriculumIslam.htm). Islam also has "prophecies" and the followers of Islam are presently anticipating the arrival of the 12th Imam. It is interesting that such advent parallels Judeo-Christian prophecy of the "end times". The Islamic "messiah" is juxtaposed to the Judeo-Christian "messiah". And we presently face an invasion that may well bring about the same response as it did long ago in Europe (Crusades). But this time, the infiltration and deception is extensive. Why? Because "... woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." (Revelation 12:12). Yes, in our lifetime now we must stand against Islam, given by angels (remember what Paul said in http://biblehub.com/galatians/1-8.htm). Standing against it spiritually (being fully versed in the Word and clothed with the full armor of God)... yet very likely in our lifetime we as Christians will have to take a physical stand against it in the flesh as well. I have written something about "When God Fights For You" here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/james-david-burney/when-god-fights-for-you/1129955637017036

Isaiah 45 and the 45th President

Here is a statement by Isaiah where God calls a "non-believing" world leader (Cyrus) and installs him as a global power to achieve enumerated purposes, actually stating "I summon you by name" even "though you do not acknowledge me" to defend God's people Israel -- What if a modern-day prophet has in fact given the Word of the Lord for today's sovereign nations and His purposes in our lives, placing "a trump in the White House to become a trumpet of the Lord" going in "whispering my name" but becoming a "trumpet of God"? The parallels to our recent conversations is uncanny!

 
And, curiously, Trump is the 45th President (rather curious that this is the 45th chapter of Isaiah).
 
Isaiah 45
This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
    and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,

I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.
“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.
“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’
“This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.
I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”
This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
    and those tall Sabeans—
they will come over to you
    and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,
    coming over to you in chains.
They will bow down before you
    and plead with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
    there is no other god.’”
Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
 the God and Savior of Israel.
All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;
 they will go off into disgrace together.
But Israel will be saved by the Lord
 with an everlasting salvation;
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,
 to ages everlasting.
For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.
“Gather together and come;
    assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.
Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
“Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
But all the descendants of Israel
    will find deliverance in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.