Isaiah 20: Remarkable Accuracy
Again, it is important to remember the time that Isaiah was written. Traditionally, it was written in the eighth century BC. As we enter chapter 20, we hear about the people of Egypt and Ethiopia being invaded and led away in slavery. This must have been a ridiculous prophecy at the time since Egypt had traditionally been one of the most dominant empires of the ancient world.
Isa 20:3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
Isa 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
Isa 20:5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
Isa 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
That is exactly what happened. Near the middle of the seventh century BC, Esarhaddon was the King of Assyria, and he expanded the empire to include both Egypt and Ethiopia. This prophecy was approximately 50 years ahead of its time, and that is pretty remarkable to say the least.
I find these prophetic passages to be fascinating. We live in a time where you end up with a lot of people making a lot of predictions about a variety of things. I generally laugh at them. We can certainly predict what might happen, but we all do that with the understanding that we very well might be wrong. No one can predict everything correctly.
I take that last sentence back. Isaiah was able to. His predictions were eventually fulfilled. Even ones like this that must have seemed ridiculous were fulfilled. Humans don’t normally do that. People are not able to have this kind of accuracy as a general rule. Is it possible that the best explanation would be a supernatural one?
Unless you have a presuppositional bias that the supernatural is not possible, doesn’t it at least make sense to consider that perhaps Isaiah had some kind of supernatural experience? Maybe he didn’t, but it at least deserves to be in the conversation, and I think that when you look at the evidence, there is no natural way that Isaiah would have had this remarkable accuracy.