The Voice

Isa 40:3 3 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord a; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.”

by: Pastor Cynthia Tamayo

The Book of Isaiah can be called "a miniature Bible” There are 66 chapters in Isaiah and 66 books in the Bible.  The 39 chapters of the first part of Isaiah may be compared to the Old Testament with its 39 books, and both focus primarily on God's judgment of sin. (Chaps. 1-39).  The 27 chapters of the second part may be seen to parallel the 27 books of the New Testament, and both emphasize the grace of God. (Chaps. 40-66)

The "New Testament" section of Isaiah opens with the ministry of John the Baptist (chap 40) and closes with the new heavens and the new earth (Isa 65:17; 66:22)…at the end of the Old Testament, the last book ended this way

Mal 3:1 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the Lord Almighty.”

Malachi means "my messenger"; but the messenger referred to in this statement we know as John the Baptist.  Speaking of John the Baptist, Jesus said, "For this is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face who will prepare Your way before You”. The Voice introduced by Isaiah is the Messenger who will prepare the way of the Lord.

While Malachi was the last of the writing prophets. John the Baptist was the last and the greatest of the Old Covenant prophets. To John was given the unique privilege of ministering at the close of the old dispensation and the beginning of the new, and it was John who presented Jesus to Israel (John 1:29-31). Like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, John was born into a priestly family but was called of God to be a prophet. He was also a martyr, for he gave his life in the work God called him to do (Matt 14:1-12).

Called to be “the voice”.

Rev 16:12 12 the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

 One of the themes that link Rev 14-16 together is expressed by the word “Voice”, in all these chapters. Record shows that; God speaks to His people. God speaks to the lost world, or His creatures speak out in praise of the Lord or His creatures speak in warning to the world. As the world moves into the last half of the Tribulation, heaven is not silent. Voices can be heard.

 Voices heard

The Voice of 144,000 (Rev 14: 1-5)

The Voice of the Angels (Rev 14: 16-20)

The Voice of Victors (Rev 15: 1-4)

The Voice of Fulfillment (Rev 15:5-16:21)

Can you image how preparations are made whenever a King would visit a place?… leveling the roads and removing the obstacles so that the king might enjoy an easy and comfortable, safe, trip. Ex. (P.Noy to Benguet 06/2015)(Obama to the Phils) (Il. King of Zamunda). John prepared the way for the ministry of Jesus by preaching the Word to the crowds, urging them to repent of their sins, baptizing them, and then introducing them to Jesus.

Isa 40:3 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert.  A highway for our God. NKJV

Bedouins in Qumran- The sons of Light vs the sons of Darkness (Romans). A lifestyle influenced by “The Voice calling in the desert” QUMRAN-  What kind of voice could do that? Imagine the sound of that Voice.

 2 Sam 5:24 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army." NIV

 2 Sam 5:25 25 So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

 Neh 4:20 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!" NIV

 The sound of the Lord (Gen 3: 8)

The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place (Exo 28:35)

The sound of war (Exo 32: 17)

The sound of singing (Exo 32: 18)

The sound of the trumpets (2Sam 15: 19)

The sound of chariots and horses (2Kings 7:6)

The sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping (Ezra 3: 13)

The sound of rejoicing (Neh 12: 43)

The sound of His praise (Ps 66:8)

The sound of weeping (Isa 65: 19)

The sound of their wings (Ezek 1: 24)

The sound of the wings of the cherubim (Ezek 10:5)

The sound of the horn (Dan 3: 5)

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What is General Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.

Rev 1:12 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands….There goes your ultrasound producing the picture for you! You see the Voice!

Rom 10:17 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV

The term "ultrasonic" applied to sound refers to anything above the frequencies of audible sound, and nominally includes anything over 20,000 Hz. Frequencies used for medical diagnostic ultrasound scans extend to 10 MHz and beyond.…Simplified.. If you want to hear clearer, you need to pull closer. You need to take yourself a little deeper. Ex.Ed Silvoso…THAT SOUND WILL PRODUCE FOR YOU A PICTURE.

If you want to hear Him…You need to pull a little closer. Allow Him to take you a little deeper

Go for His heartbeat! Check the soundings that you get! Grab that picture! FATHOM! Soaking to get the soundings will allow you to soar one day, to run faster, and it will enable you to walk longer.

Voices heard from the past

Sign #1: The Diaspora

The Bible prophesied the Jewish diaspora. The Nation of Israel would dwell for many years outside of their country and Promised Land. After this time had elapsed they would return to their ancient possession. The predictions were exact and complete making the nation's return a supernatural happening of our age. They were dispersed for over 1,900 years.

Hosea 3:4-5 - 4"For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.  5Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days."

Sign #2: The Return

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Bible passages predict the return of Israel to the land of Palestine. Here are only two.

Ezekiel 20:34 - "I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered -- with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath."

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Isaiah 11:11-12 NIV  11"In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 12He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth."

The prophets spoke of Aliyah — God’s plan to bring the children of Israel home. Isaiah penned some of these promises: He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12)

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 43:5-6)

Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC. Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Isaiah 43:5-6, the prophet Isaiah said that the Jews would return to their homeland from the east, the west, the north and the south. Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago. At that time, the Assyrians had forced many Jews in the northern kingdom of Israel into exile. Those Jews were taken to other areas in the Middle East. Then, about 1900 years ago, the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem and killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Jews. Since then, the Jews have been scattered to virtually every country in the world. But, during the past century, millions of Jews have returned to Israel, from the east, the west, the north and the south.

From the east: Many Jews living in the Middle East moved to Israel by the early 1900s.

From the west: During mid-1900s, hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the West (Europe and the United States) began moving to Israel.

From the north: The former Soviet Union (Russia) is north of Israel. It refused to allow its Jewish residents to move to Israel. But, after years of pressure from other countries, Russia finally began to allow Jews to return to Israel during the 1980s. So far, hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews have moved to Israel.

From the south: Ethiopia, which is south of Israel, also refused to allow its Jews to return to Israel. But, in 1985, Israel struck a deal with Ethiopia's communist government to allow the Jews of Ethiopia to move to Israel. On the weekend of May 25, 1991, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.

Isaiah 49:22- See. I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will carry your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.”

ICEJ, Operation Magic Carpet (May 1949), Operation Joshua and Moses (Nov 18, 1984) Exobus. Operation Solomon (May 24, 1991)

Sign #3: Buying back the land

The prophet Jeremiah prophesied about 600 years B.C. just as the nation of Judah was being destroyed and the people taken captive into the land of Babylon. He spoke of a day when Jews would once again purchase land within the ancient territory. That is precisely what returning Jews did, starting nearly a century ago - they bought back the land.

Jeremiah 32:44 NIV - "Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD."

The town name "Ma'ale Adumim" is taken from the Joshua 15:7 and Joshua 18:17: The boundary [of the tribe of Judah] ascended from the Valley of Achor to Debir and turned north to Gilgal, facing the Ascent of Adumim, which is south of the wadi. Literally "Ascent of Red", it takes its name from the red rock lining the ascent from the Dead Sea. Ma'ale Adumim was originally a Nahal outpost. It was designed as a planned community and suburban commuter town for nearby Jerusalem, to which many residents commute daily. In the early 1970s, Israel's Labor government discussed a plan to expand the boundaries of Jerusalem eastward by founding an industrial zone and a workers' village on the Jericho road. In the winter of 1975, on the seventh night of Hannukah, a Gush Emunim  group of 23 families and six singles erected a prefabricated concrete structure and two wooden huts at the site now known as "Founder's Circle" in Mishor Adumim. The group was evicted several times. In 1977, after Menachem Begin took office, Ma'ale Adumim was granted official status as a permanent settlement. In the late 1990s, approximately 1,050 Palestinian Jahalin Bedouins were forced to move from land that now forms part of the settlement. Court orders required compensation by the Israeli government and they received cash, electricity and water supplies. According to the residents, they had to sell most of their livestock and their Bedouin way of life ended.

Sign #4: Israel - Reborn in a day

Israel, a nation that had not really existed as a separate nation for nearly 2,500 years, was declared a new sovereign state by an act of the United Nations on May 14, 1948. The nation was born in a day.

Isaiah 66:8 NIV - "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children."

Sign #5: The order of the return

The first returning Jews to Palestine came primarily from eastern Arab countries. The next major movement came from the western countries of Europe, especially Germany. Then they came in great numbers from Russia (north) during the end of the 1980's. The last great migrations of Jews returning to Israel came from Ethiopia in the south. This precise order of return was predicted by Isaiah the prophet.

Isaiah 43:5-6, 21 - "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth..."

Sign #5: The order of the return

The first returning Jews to Palestine came primarily from eastern Arab countries. The next major movement came from the western countries of Europe, especially Germany. Then they came in great numbers from Russia (north) during the end of the 1980's. The last great migrations of Jews returning to Israel came from Ethiopia in the south. This precise order of return was predicted by Isaiah the prophet.

Sign #6: A pure language

With the return of the nation, the ancient Hebrew language has been revived and become the official language of the state. Prior to this happening, the Jews spoke an impure form of the language called Yiddish. The return to a pure common language was again predicted by the prophets. The revival of the Hebrew language, the mother tongue of Israelis today, is evidence that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled.

Eliezer Ben Yehuda, a European Jew in the late 1800's who immigrated to Israel to raise his family would become the man credited with reviving the ancient Hebrew language. For almost 2000 years, Hebrew was not a spoken language with the exception of a few phrases used in religious activities. Ben Yehuda, starting with a conversation with friends in Paris, France developed a modern day usage of the language of the Jewish people for the first 2000 years of their existence. Modern day Hebrew is made up of Biblical Hebrew which is 80% of modern day Hebrew and 20% of new Hebrew words that have been created over the last 130 years. Ben Yehuda put together the first Hebrew dictionary for Modern Hebrew and developed the way to teach the language which is called "Ulpan". This account of how Hebrew was revived for usage today is an evidence of how Bible prophecy is being fulfilled today.

Jeremiah, an ancient Jewish prophet wrote 2500 years ago that when the Jews would return to the land of their forefathers, Jeremiah 31:8-17, the Lord would give them back the language of their forefathers, the language they would use to bless the Lord, Jeremiah 31:23. Another Jewish prophet, Zephaniah, also predicted that the pure language of Hebrew would be revived in the last days, Zephaniah 3:9. Israelis speaking Hebrew today proves that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

Zephaniah 3:8-10 KJV - "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering".

Sign #7: The shekel

After nearly 2,000 years the shekel has been reinstated as the common monetary unit in Israel, again, just as predicted.

Ezekiel 45:12-16 NIV - "The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.... All the people of the land will participate in this special gift for the use of the prince in Israel."

Sign # 8: From desolation to productivity

The restoration of the agriculture and of the trees and forests of Israel has been another remarkable miracle. Scarcely 75 years ago, the land was a desolate waste, full of malarial swamps and deserts.Today the replanted forests are flourishing and the Israeli agricultural production is one of the great wonders of the world. This tiny country exports quality produce around the world.

Isaiah 26:6 NIV - "In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit."

Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV - "The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy...."

I stand here today with a unique privilege to be a voice. To prepare you for the coming of the Lord. We are very near the end. Fathom! Hear the sound!