The Prophet Isaiah wrote the book attributed to him during the reigns of several kings of Judah; Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. (Isaiah 1:1) Because Isaiah reported an event that occurred during the evil reign of Manasseh, it is probable that he lived during that reign also. In fact, tradition has it that Manasseh had Isaiah sawn in two. (See Hebrews 11:37)
The Book of Isaiah is a most remarkable addition to the Lord’s Word, and it presents us with an overview of the Bible. Perhaps that is why an almost complete scroll of Isaiah was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. To begin with, there are 66 chapters in Isaiah, just as there are 66 books in the Bible.
On closer examination, Bible scholars declare that the Book of Isaiah has two clear divisions with a clear change of theme. The first book has been named by scholars the Book of Judgement, and the second has been named the Book of Comfort. What makes this so interesting is the fact that the Book of Judgement covers 39 chapters (1 through 39) and the Book of Comfort includes 27 chapters (40 through 66). I am certain that it is not a coincidence that there are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament.
There are arrogant men who try to raise their own name above others. Some of these “scholars” have noted the two divisions of the Book of Isaiah and have announced that it was written by two different men named Isaiah. This is called the Deutero-Isaiah Theory. Of course, if these men were true scholars of the Word, they would have been aware of the writings of the Apostle John:
Here John quotes from Isaiah 53:1 and Isaiah 6:10; from the Book of Comfort and the Book of Judgement. And John does not identify the authors as Isaiah I and Isaiah II.
The Prophet Isaiah gave us so many prophecies concerning the Millennial Kingdom. It is Isaiah that speaks of the wolf and the lamb lying together, and a little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6) In the Kingdom, Isaiah tells us that there will be no infant mortality and the man who dies at age 100 is considered accursed. (Isaiah 65:20)
The writings of the Prophet Isaiah are important; not only because of their size, but because this book also gives us pictures and patterns of the Word of God. Next, we will look at how the Prophet speaks of the End Times and the Apocalypse.