THE PROPHESIED BIRD OF PREY IN ISAIAH 46:11-13

IS THE LORD YESHUA-CHRISTOS

(Isaiah 46:11-13)

11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.

12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation shall not linger.
And I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory."

(New King James Version in all texts unless otherwise noted)

 

Here is an Isaiah prophecy that is widely misunderstood by most, if not all, scholars and church groups. The common understanding of many is that this prophecy refers to King Cyrus, as He was mentioned by the prophet in the previous chapters (Isaiah chapter 45, also 44:28), and also because his emblem is that of an eagle. Then there is the claim of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (1914) that the man likened to a BIRD OF PREY from a far country (which they erroneously believed is the Philippines) is Felix Manalo, the one they recognize as God’s last messenger.

 

We will present in this article that neither Cyrus nor Felix Y. Manalo could be the prophesied personality but rather The Lord Yeshua-Christos - and that this prophesy is just among one of Isaiah's many Messianic prophesies.

 

Let us approach our study from four related angles: first, his work or task - why he is likened to a BIRD OF PREY when He performs this commission; second; the importance of this commission that God Himself spoke and purposed it and ensured its accomplishment; third, the direction EAST where the BIRD OF PREY will come from; and fourth, the far country of origin of the One prophesied?

 

FIRST ANGLE: THE WORK OR TASK OF THE MAN LIKENED TO A BIRD OF PREY

GOD'S DELIVERANCE LIKENED TO BIRDS 

In one of Isaiah's prophecies he presented God's work of deliverance of salvation to those of BIRDS. How so?

(Isaiah 31:5)

Like birds flying about,
So will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem.
Defending, He will also deliver it;
Passing over, He will preserve it.”

The prophet Isaiah has previously compared God's work of deliverance (defense and preservation of Jerusalem) to the work of birds. As God is 'purposed' in His work of salvation so must these birds be - they just can't be like any other birds, they must be birds of prey!

If God's own act of salvation is likened to the work of a bird of prey, then the man who was likened to it must be called to execute the same. 

How is this backed by Isaiah in another prophecy?

(Isaiah 63:8-9)

8 For He said, “Surely they are My people,
Children who will not lie.”
So He became their Savior.
9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them;
In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
And He bore them and carried them
All the days of old.

One scriptural fact is that God Himself is the Savior of His people. However, He did His work of salvation through His Angel. And this Angel is not like any other angel or messenger. He is the only one attributed to be The Angel of God's Presence. 

Who could the Angel or Messenger of God's Presence be?

(John 14:8-9)

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

The Angel of God's Presence can only be His Son Yeshua simply because only through Him can the Invisible God be seen! If so, then He must be the man likened to a bird of prey, and understandably so since He is the ONLY ONE tasked to execute God's salvation for Him!

SECOND ANGLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TASK

Why is God's work of salvation so important unto Him that He Himself purposed it and guaranteed its execution? 

(Isaiah 59:14-16)

14 Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands afar off;
For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.
15 So truth fails,
And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.

16 He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

The lack of justice, truth and righteousness presents the world being ruled by evil which greatly displeased God. For this reason He brought forth an INTERCESSOR or MEDIATOR who will execute His salvation. 

Who could be this Intercessor or Mediator for God?

(1 Timothy 2:4-5)

 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus...

It is an evangelical fact that ONLY God's Son, The Savior Yeshua is the Mediator for God. This truth very well ties up with our conclusion from the first angle of this study pointing to The Christ Yeshua being the prophesied man who was likened to a bird of prey due to the nature of His work which is to execute God's salvation.

NOTE: With this multiple angles that point to The Messiah as the fulfilment, we can safely conclude that it couldn't be Cyrus, neither could it be Felix Y. Manalo (of the INC1914 group) nor anyone else to be the fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah 46v11-13.

THE SPECIFIED PREY 

If The Messiah was the prophesied man likened to a bird of prey, who could be His preys?

 

(Isaiah 59:15)

15 So truth fails,
And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.

The preys are those "who depart from evil." To be a prey of this prophesied bird of prey is not a bad thing after all! 

Why should one rather be a prey of The Christ? 

 

(Isaiah 49:25)

25 But thus says the Lord:

“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
And the prey of the terrible be delivered;
For I will contend with him who contends with you,
And I will save your children.

As the world is ruled by evil, the people were made captives and prey of its powerful or mighty rule. This is the importance of The Savior Yeshua's work of snatching people - He snatches them from the hold of the terrible one or the devil. However, unlike the hold of the evil one whose rule leads people to destruction, the work of The Messiah is for salvation and deliverance.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS CHRIST

What other scriptural fact further supports our presentation that The Christ is the prophesied man likened to a BIRD OF PREY specified in Isaiah 46:11? 

(Isaiah 46:12-13)

12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation shall not linger.
And I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.

 

The prophesied man likened to a BIRD OF PREY in Isaiah 46:11 will be God's RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SALVATION to His people, beginning with His early nation of Israel. What OTHER PARALLEL PROPHECIES support this exposé? 

(Isaiah 42:6)

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles

(Jeremiah 23:5-6)

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

These parallel Messianic prophecies present the evangelical truth that God's Son Yeshua is His righteousness whom He shall bring near to His people, His salvation who shall not linger.

THIRD ANGLE: THE DIRECTION EAST WHERE HE COMES FROM

It has been established from the first two angles of this study that the prophesied man who was likened to a bird of prey is The Savior Yeshua. However, does He come from the east?

(Isaiah 41:2)

2 “Who raised up one from the east?
Who in righteousness called him to His feet?
Who gave the nations before him,
And made him rule over kings?
Who gave them as the dust to his sword,
As driven stubble to his bow?

There is no doubt that the fulfilment of this prophecy was The Lord Yeshua. It was Him whom God gave nations and was prophesied to become Ruler over kings, or simply KING OF KINGS (Rev. 19:13-16). Not only does this parallel prophecy confirmed the direction where He's coming from (East), it also points to Him as the Righteousness called by God.

When The Christ returns on Judgment Day, from what direction will He be coming?

 

(Matthew 24:27)

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

The Savior confirmed that on the day of His return He will be coming from the east. He even compared His return to lighting that "COMES FROM THE EAST."

THIRD ANGLE: THE FAR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Another critical aspect in truly determining the fulfilment of The Savior being the fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah 46v11-13 is the mentioned far country of origin in the prophecy. How is this angle made true in the person of The Messiah? Since this is Isaiah's prophecy it would be best to have the answer from the prophet himself.

(Isaiah 13:5)

They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven—
The Lord and His [c]weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole land.

According to Isaiah, the place FAR COUNTRY points to (the end of) HEAVEN. How does this scriptural fact validate the thesis that it is indeed The Savior and His work of salvation on judgment day that was prophesied in Isaiah 46v11?

How did The Lord Yeshua confirm Isaiah's statement that the FAR COUNTRY IS INDEED HEAVEN?

(Matthew 25:14 NKJV)

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 

The Savior validated Isaiah's statement concerning the place 'far country' to be the 'KINGDOM OF HEAVEN'. Who could be the man pointed out by The Christ who travelled to a far country? 

 

(Matthew 21:33-42)

33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34 Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37 Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

‘The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

This was the Lord’s doing,

And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

 

This parable of The Christ surely refers to Himself as the landowner who leased His vineyard and went INTO A FAR COUNTRY - as He is the rejected stone that has become the chief cornerstone. From The Lord's declaration, the place mentioned in the prophecy as  'far country' is that of the Kingdom of Heaven. Isn't this the place where The Lord will originate from on the day of His return? 

 

NOTE: Even the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (1914) approves of this supposition that the place HEAVEN is indeed a location or place that is also called COUNTRY as shown on the lyrics of their English hymn (older version) that goes:

"FOR IN THAT COUNTRY WHERE I AM GOING NO SORROWS THERE, NO SUFFERINGS

MY FATHER KNOWS THE WOES I SUFFER, MY TEAR, MY HARDSHIP AND PAIN."

Since The Christ Yeshua already went to the Kingdom of Heaven, then He must also be the One who shall come from that same place, the FAR COUNTRY in Isaiah's prophecy, on the Day of Judgment. 

CONCLUSION

It has been clearly and undeniably established that The Christ Yeshua was the fulfilled Entity in Isaiah 46v11-13 basing on the four angles of study that covers -  1) the WORK OR TASK OF THIS MESSENGER, 2) the IMPORTANCE OF THIS COMMISSION, 3) the DIRECTION EAST, and 4) the FAR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. 

Given the strength and validity of the evidence presented which mainly comes from either Prophet Isaiah's PARALLEL PROPHECIES, and more so from THE LORD'S OWN CONFIRMATIONS, we can also come to a strong conclusion that NO OTHER MAN, not Cyrus nor Felix Y. Manalo, can be attributed the prophecy in Isaiah 46v11-13.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

While Cyrus is God’s shepherd (Isa. 45:1-4) who shall perform God’s pleasure of rebuilding Jerusalem and its temple (Isa. 44:28), the One in Iasiah 46V11-12 is to execute God’s salvation and counsel.

 

(John 8:32) 

". .. the truth shall make you free.”

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