The First and the Last – Isaiah 44:6-8

The Lord God Almighty Is The Only God That Exists

6 “This is what the Lord says-
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.
7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
and what is yet to come-
yes, let them foretell what will come.
8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

First and Final

The Lord God Almighty is the Alpha and the Omega.  He is the first and the last.  Israel’s King and Redeemer declares that He is the one and only God.  And He declares that He knows no one else who is like Himself.  God has the unique perspective to see through the lens of holiness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence to rightly see all that can be seen.  And He has declared that there is no other God but Him.

This is especially important because many people have declared that all paths lead to God.  Their understanding of God is marred through the veil of sin, their own preconceived desire to see God as they want to see Him, and the ever-present influence of Satan, the father of lies, to distort God’s character, motives, and purposes into a pretzel of misunderstanding so as to mislead any who refuse to seek God for who He truly is.  Any who seek God must do so on God’s terms, and not their own.

When we seek God on our terms – trying to speculate who God is from who we believe God should be, rather than taking God at His word and seeing Him through His unbiased and unvarnished perspective, we produce, at best, a distorted view of who God is, and allow ourselves to impose our own morality, judgments, and character upon Him.  God, however, desires that we know Him for who He truly is, and provides us with a record of history that clearly demonstrates His character through His interaction with people and His creation.  God provides us with the big answers about Himself that cannot be found through observation, so that we can focus on actively participate participating in close relationship with Him, rather than always question who God truly is in our hearts.

True Test

God has drawn a line in the sand.  He has laid down the gauntlet and provided the litmus test to determine if there is another God.  And the test is remarkably simple.  Since God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, He and He alone knows the end from the beginning.  He has divinely seen all that will ever occur.  He is able to know the outcome of all things because knowledge of all things is His very nature.

The test to any who would claim to be God is to predict the future.  Is there anyone out there who claims to be God, or know of another God than the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, YHWH, The Great I AM, who can rightly predict the future PERFECTLY and without fault?  If so, make your predictions now.  Let us see if they hold true.  Predict about the near future and the far future.  No one up to this time has been able to be right ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the time, except the Lord God Almighty.  No one can see the future, except for the One who created all things, knows their true nature, and has seen the end from the beginning.

Many will claim that they can predict the future, or have intimate knowledge of what will come.  And to be sure, some of those predictions will come to pass.  But the challenge laid down by The Lord God Almighty is to be right ALL the time, every time.  And here is a clue – if anyone else makes predictions, The Lord God Almighty will certainly change the outcome to ensure that they don’t all come to pass.  He is sovereign over His creation, and none can rightly claim what He has done as their own work, and get away with it forever.

We are Witnesses

The Lord God Almighty again tells us to not be afraid of people who claim there is another God apart from Him.  He has proclaimed and foretold of Himself and other things from the beginning of time.  The disciples of Jesus Christ (and any who believe God, and through that believe belief, are now declared righteous) are now a cloud of witnesses to the world which suppresses the truth, glory, honor, and character of God through their wickedness.

God then asks a rhetorical question:  Is there any God but Him?  His witnesses will attest and affirm that there is none.  And He Himself declares that He knows of no other.  Since God is Truth, and He cannot lie, He is the perfect witness to His own character and nature.  Let us rejoice in the revelation of His goodness, love, grace, mercy, and holiness as declared in His holy word.

If there is anyone who declares that God is someone other than whom the Bible reveals Him to be, let them come forth with their god, and the writings and revelations of their god, and see if their god can truly, accurately, consistently, and without any failure predict all that is to come.  And if that god fails to rightly predict all things in the future, let that god be abhorred, rejected, and any method of worship to it be abandoned.   And if a God is able to rightly predict everything (because He is sovereign over His creation), let Him be the one that you worship, adore, obey, and revere.

A Qualifying Question

Let’s ask a question:  What are my prerequisite tests for determining and confirming who I believe God to be?

A short prayer of preparation:

Father in Heaven, You and You alone are able to accurately, consistently, and without fail, predict all that will happen in the universe every time that You open Your mouth.  You are truth personified, and there is no wrongdoing in You.  You cannot fail, because Your character, power, and glory will not allow for that to occur.  By Your very nature, You are unable and incapable of being wrong in anything You do or say.  Let my heart rejoice in Your immovable, immutable, and perfect character.  Let my joy in You be my strength, and may I reject any false god and prophet who claim to be You, but are wrong even once.  Give my heart discernment, and show me Your wondrous ways.  Help me to remember Your perfect holiness in times of trial, and let me not be deceived by any spirit, but rather test the spirits as Your servant John has declared.  This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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