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The Isaiah Connection

s_bible.gif (1477 bytes)The Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah, with its 66 chapters, is a microcosm of the whole Bible with its 66 books. There is a definite, direct, one-to-one correspondence between each chapter of Isaiah and each book of the Bible. This is an amazing, if indirect, proof, of the sovreignty of God and the superintendence of His Spirit over the whole of Scripture.  Written by different authors, in different languages, in different cultures at different times, it is incredible that this relationship exists between the book of Isaiah, and the whole of the Bible.

We will refer to this unbelievable relationship as "The Isaiah Connection."  Here is chart showing which chapter of Isaiah corresponds to which book of the Bible.

Isaiah Bible Book Isaiah Bible Book
1 Genesis 18 Obadiah
2 Exodus 19 Jonah
3 Leviticus 20 Micah
4 Numbers 21 Nahum
5 Deuteronomy 22 Habakkuk
6 Joshua 23 Zephaniah
7 Judges 24 Haggai
8 1 Samuel 25 Zechariah
9 2 Samuel 26 Malachi
10 1 Kings 27 Psalms
11 2 Kings 28 Proverbs
12 Isaiah 29 Job
13 Jeremiah 30 Song of Solomon
14 Ezekiel 31 Ruth
15 Hosea 32 Lamentations
16 Joel 33 Ecclesiastes
17 Amos 34 Esther

 

Isaiah Bible Book Isaiah Bible Book
35 Daniel 52 Romans
36 Ezra 53 1 Corinthians
37 Nehemiah 54 2 Corinthians
38 1 Chronicles 55 Galatians
39 2 Chronicles 56 Ephesians
  57 Philippians
40 Matthew 58 Colossians
41 Mark 59 1 Thessalonians
42 Luke 60 2 Thessalonians
43 John 61 Hebrews
44 Acts 62 1 Timothy
45 James 63 2 Timothy
46 1 Peter 64 Titus
47 2 Peter 65 Philemon
48 1 John 66 Revelation
49 2 John    
50 3 John    
51 Jude    

This Isaiah connection is a strong evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible, and the completeness and authenticity of the received canon.  The Isiaiah connection affirms that the Apocrypha is indeed, apocryphal!  The omnipotent foreknowledge of God in history is demonstrated by this connection.  While Isaiah, when he wrote, was largely addressing the real-life situations and people of his day, God was purposing that His words through Isaiah would serve a larger aim.  Isn't this always the way with God?

Isaiah was told, as were all the prophets, that he was not serving himself, but us. (1 Peter 1:12)  We will be foolish indeed to limit the wonderful words of the prophet Isaiah to his own day, his own understanding.  We would be making the Bible a merely human production.  Let us not do that!  Let the Bible soar!  Let it speak to us now.  As never before, we need it.

The sequential order of Bible books which must be followed for a perfect match with Isaiah chapters has profound implications.  It will be noted that the order in our English Bibles is NOT the order confirmed by the Isaiah connection.  The order for the Old Testament books is that found in the Hebrew Bible, which is the original order.   Jesus put His stamp of approval on this order, when, in reasoning with the men on the road to Emmaus, He told them that ll things written about Him "in the law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke 24:44)

In the Hebrew Bible the order of the books follows Jesus' order: Law, Prophets, Psalms.   But our English Bible has the order as Law, Psalms, Prophets.  Which is correct?  The "proof must be in the pudding."  The Isaiah connection must "fit."  The reader is invited to explore through study the Bible--Isaiah Connection.

The order of the link-up with Isaiah chapters and the books of the New Testament also follows the original order as contained by the vast majority of Greek uncial manuscripts.   The first and second church councils to address the subject of the New Testament, Laodicea (363 AD) and Hippo (393 AD), both confirm this order.  The Russian Orthodox Bible also carries this original order.  This order puts Hebrews right in the middle of the Pauline epistles, not on their border as in the English Bible.  This would seem to be evidence for Paul being the author of Hebrews:

Isaiah

New Testament

Remarks

40
41
42
43
44
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts

HISTORY OF JESUS AND THE FIRST APOSTLES

45
46
47
48
49
50
51
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude

THE "CATHOLIC" EPISTLES, ADDRESSED TO THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE

52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
Romans
1Corinthians
2Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1Thessalonians
2Thessalonians
Hebrews

PAULINE EPISTLES OF PLURAL AUDIENCE

62
63
64
65
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

PAULINE EPISTLES OF SINGULAR AUDIENCE

66

Revelation

PROPHECY