Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Isa 42:9)
The Restoration Of Man
Some 700 years before the birth of our Lord the Father spoke through His prophet Isaiah and declared that former things ARE come to pass and new things He did (do) declare.
(Isa 42:13) The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
(Isa 42:14) I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
(Isa 42:15) I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
(Isa 42:16) And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
The prophet speaks of the Lord coming as a mighty man who will give sight to the blind, show them a way that they knew not, put them on paths that they have not known, make darkness light before them, and make crooked things straight! Glory to God, hallelujah!
Did you know that there are some 350 old testaments which speak about our Lord that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ?
Did you know that the probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be 1 in 1017. That's 1 in 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 and that is just eight prophecies. Even in today's age of super computers the odds of Jesus fulfilling 350 prophecies is incalculable.
Yet it did happen because nothing is imposable for God!
Therefore when God says He is going to do a new thing you can take it to the bank that it will come to pass and Isaiah 42 has come to pass through Jesus Christ and God even said how He was going to do it:
(Eze 36:22) Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
(Eze 36:23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
(Eze 36:24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
(Eze 36:25) Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
(Eze 36:26) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
(Eze 36:27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The first thing that we must understand about this prophecy is that Israel is being spoken of both literally and allegorically here because these verses are also applicable to the spiritual Israel, the body of Christ.
Has Israel been taken from among the heathen? Have they been gathered out of all countries? Have they been brought into their own land, the land promised to their fathers? Yes They Have!
Have they however been sprinkled with clean water? No!
Have they been cleansed from their idols (their customs and traditions)? No!
Have they had their hearts of stone removed? No! (they have not repented of their ways)
Have they had new hearts of flesh put into them? No! (they have not received the Word of Truth)
So who are these people?
Those who have have been given new spirits and in whom God has placed His Holy Spirit, to cause them to walk in His statutes, keep His judgments and do them. Born again believers in Jesus Christ!
Why did God do this thing?
To sanctify His great name for His holy name's sake because the house of Israel had profaned it in the midst of the heathens (Greeks, Romans and other Gentiles) when His name should have been should have been sanctified (made holy) in the eyes of the heathens through Israel.
Therefore it is the born again Spirit filled Christians who are the Spiritual house of Israel!
Now this is not to say that God is by any means finished with His chosen people because He has made promises to them that have yet to be fulfilled. But we can see that many Jewish people are having their eyes opened and they are coming to Christ.
The born again believer however has already been made into a NEW creation who lives under a NEW covenant that can not be broken because unlike the former covenant, that was made between God and man, this covenant has been made between God and Himself (Jesus the Christ).
The born again believer is no longer at enmity with the Father and can now, through our advocate and intercessor Jesus Christ, once again have a real personal relationship with Him just as Adam and Eve did before the fall! Glory to God!