God Declares the End from the Beginning, Is 46:10

Is 46:9-10 says, “… for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…”.  The unique thing about the Bible is that God declares the end before it takes place.  From the very beginning, before the foundation of the world, the Lord knew how things would develop and turn out.  This is called the foreknowledge of God, 1 Pet 1:2.  And God declares it all ahead of time.

Thus, the Bible is like the “script” of life.  When a movie is produced, for example, the book has already been written; the script is totally complete.  The scenes have already been shot.  As you are watching the movie, you see the plot unfold.  You are brought into it as if the drama is currently being fulfilled and you are watching it as if it is taking place in front of your eyes.

Likewise, when a play is performed, the drama isn’t “unfolding” before you.  It is already written.  Everything has been rehearsed.  You just watch what’s been written “come to life”.

These are examples of the word of God in that it is “settled in heaven”, Ps 119:89.  While the events recorded in the Bible were unfolding and then written down historically, they had already been recorded and settled in heaven.  And they are unfolding the way God said they would.  The Bible, therefore, is the written word of the settled word in heaven.

Before the words were ever written down by Elihu, or Moses, or Joshua, or Samuel, or the scribes, or the prophets, or the apostles, they were settled in heaven.  The written words in the Bible match the settled words in heaven.  And thus they endure for ever, Matt 24:35; 1 Pet 1:25.  As Ps 119:160 says, “Thy word is true from the beginning and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever”.

Because God declares the end from the beginning, we should:

Know what he declared.  You have to read, study, and meditate upon what God declares.  When you do, you already know what’s going to happen.  You’re just watching it unfold.  It’s like reading the book before watching the movie.

In your own life, if you follow the script, the end is clear.  Whether you choose wisdom or foolishness, the path of life or death, you know how it’s going to turn out.  “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations”, Ps 119:90.  Every generation benefits from knowing what God declares.

Consider Asaph.  He is alive during David’s reign.  He is a chief singer, 1 Chr 6:37, 1 Chr 15:17, 19, 1 Chr 16:4-7.  In 2 Chr 29:30 he is a seer.  He wrote Ps 50, and Ps 73-83.  In Ps 74:8 he wrote about burning up the synagogues.  There were no synagogues before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple.  The first one was built in the century before Christ.  A thousand years before there were synagogues, Asaph wrote about burning them.

I watched a replay of the highlights of Super Bowl 54 the other day.  With 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs were down 20-10.  They hadn’t scored in the second half.  If you hadn’t seen the game and didn’t know the outcome and I declared to you that the Chiefs would win the game 31-10, you would probably say, “No way”.  Three touchdowns in 7 minutes in that game?  “No way”.  But I know the end.  And I can declare it before it happens.  

Believe what he declared.  Not only do you want to know what he declared, you want to believe it.  It’s going to turn out exactly like he said.  

Here are some examples.  In 1 Ki 13:2, roughly around 970 BC, a man of God declares that a king named Josiah is going to destroy the altar upon which Jeroboam is sacrificing and he’s going to burn the priests’ bones on it.  In 2 Ki 23:15-16, in 640 BC King Josiah begins to reign.  And during his reign from 640-609 BC he did exactly what the man of God prophesied.

Around 700 BC, in Is 44:28, Isaiah prophesied that a man named Cyrus would order Jerusalem to be rebuilt and the temple foundation to be laid.  The destruction of Jerusalem didn’t even begin until Nebuchadnezzar’s first attack in 606 BC and the temple wasn’t destroyed until 586 BC.  Yet Ezra records in Ezra 1:1-4 in 445 BC that Cyrus decreed exactly what Isaiah prophesied 250 years earlier.

When Jesus declared to his disciples that he was going to die and he gave the details of his death and resurrection, they didn’t believe him.  Yet, everything unfolded exactly as he declared it.  Everything happened in accordance with the foreknowledge of God, Acts 2:23.

Trust what he declared.  It’s one thing to know and believe what God declares.  It’s another thing to trust what he said.  We must trust what he declared.   We must live by his words.  Trust what God declares about salvation, about hell, about marriage, about judgment, about happiness, about the future, and so forth.

For instance, we know what God declares about the future beginnings of sorrows before the Tribulation, Matt 24:4-12.  And we believe these things.  As a result, some Bible believers are hunkering down and prepping for the coming hard times.  They are storing up food and gold and other supplies. 

However, when you trust what God says, then you know to trust him and not riches and supplies.  Riches profit not in the day of wrath, Prov 11:4.  Riches certainly make themselves wings; thy fly away as an eagle toward heaven, Prov 23:5.  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish as a branch, Prov 11:28.  The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish, Prov 10:3.  Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he, Prov 16:20.  Carefully consider and trust 1 Tim 6:17-19.

Conclusion: Since God declares the end from the beginning, know what he declares, believe what he declares, and then trust what he declares.  Everything will work out exactly like he said it would.