It is our unwavering conviction that all of the prophecy in our version which is ascribed to Isaiah was indeed written by him, the fact being that no one except Isaiah could possibly have written a line of it. Why do we believe this?
Here is the real evidence on the authorship of this prophecy, as contrasted with the fembu advocated by the critics.
Who were those New Testament writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul? They were the Holy Apostles of the Son of God, to whom Jesus Christ promised that the Holy Spirit would guide them “into all truth.” We believe this! Here is an analysis of their quotations from this last Division of Isaiah:
NEW TESTAMENT QUOTATIONS
BY THE APOSTLES FROM ISA. 40-66
The significant thing about these quotations is that the inspired holy writers took pains to tell us whom they were quoting. Did they know?
Of course. Take just one out of many examples of this from the above list, the very first quotation, from Isaiah 40:3-5, quoted by all four of the gospel writers. They each identified the person whom they were quoting, as follows:
Matthew: “This is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, etc.” (Matthew 1:3).
Mark: “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, etc.” (Mark 1:2).
Luke: “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, etc.” (Luke 3:4).
John: “As said by the prophet Isaiah etc.” (John 1:23).
What do the critics do with such an argument as this? They ignore it, that being the only answer they have; and for one who believes the Lord and his holy promises to the apostles, that is no sufficient answer.
These quotations are an all-sufficient reason for accepting every word of Isaiah as being One Book by One Author. Nevertheless, there are other reasons for doing so that are just as convincing.
God anticipated every need of mankind in his plan of redemption, which was not formulated after men sinned, but “before the foundation of the world.”
When, in the wilderness of wanderings of Israel, God’s people encountered the biter waters of Marah, God did not instruct Moses to plant a certain tree and wait a generation or two till it matured and then cast it into the waters to sweeten them. Oh no! God had planted that tree perhaps a century before it was needed!
Now, in the case of the comfort and encouragement that God’s people were sure to require during their captivity, may we suppose that God waited till they were twenty years deep into that punishment and that God then raised up some Johnny-come-lately of a prophet to prophecy their return and the blessings of God that would follow?
Ridiculous! If God had done a thing like that, nobody in Israel would have believed such a “prophet.”
Jehovah knows what is in man; and anticipating our every need, He makes provision for us.
Over a hundred years before Judah went into captivity, Jehovah made provision through Isaiah the prophet for their spiritual needs … This is the theme of this section. (See Isaiah 40:12-31).
The utmost precautions were taken in order to insure that Judah would have every reason to believe what this great prophet declared. He was the one who prophesied the captivity; and from the very beginning he had repeatedly spoken of that “remnant” who would return.
Furthermore, the Jewish tradition that Manasseh murdered Isaiah, is probably true. Thus Isaiah sealed his prophecies with his own blood.
Yet, even with all of that, it was only a pitiful little remnant who believed Isaiah and the other true prophets and returned to Jerusalem.
This undeniable fact simply will not square with the critical dictum that the wonderful prophecies found in Isaiah were written by “Some Great Unknown.” The Piltdown Man hoax was no greater deception than this allegation of Bible enemies.
The priesthood itself fell to such a low condition during this period that God, through Malachi, uttered a curse against them, accused them of robbing God, and gave expression to the thought that God would be pleased if someone would close the temple itself.
What a preposterous proposition it is that during that terribly low estate of Judah, there arose the greatest of the Old Testament prophets, whose writings would be recognized for all ages to come as the “heart of the Old Testament,” who would be the most esteemed prophet ever to appear on earth, and whose writings are undoubtedly the most eloquent prophecies ever given concerning the coming of the Messiah into our poor world.
In fact, Isaiah 40 is as well authenticated as belonging to Isaiah as if he had signed it two or three times.
Critics complain that he did not sign it anywhere in the last twenty-seven chapters; but the critics themselves never sign their letters but once.
There is no historical evidence that any “great unknown prophet” ever lived during the captivity who had the capability of writing these magnificent chapters.
Who has ever explained just how such a thing could have happened? If the author of a little book such as any one of half a dozen of the minor prophets would have been so honored and respected as they were, how can it be imagined that that “great unknown nobody” wrote the most magnificent prophecies of a Millennium without anyone’s finding out who he was, where he lived, or anything else concerning him?
And just how did he get his marvelous writings incorporated into the book of the writings of the most distinguished royal prophet, Isaiah? And just how did it happen that those writings were certified to all subsequent generations as a bona fide portion of Isaiah?
The preposterous allegations that underlie such a complicated and elaborate complex of deceptions deserve only one appellation. They bear all the earmarks of a gargantuan falsehood, a title which we do not hesitate to assign to this favorite allegation of Biblical enemies.