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Isaiah 7:1-9 (King James Version)

1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.

2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.

3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;

4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,

6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:

7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.

9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.


Isaiah 7:1-9 (New International Version)

1 When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.

 2 Now the house of David was told, "Aram has allied itself with Ephraim"; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.

3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field.

4 Say to him, 'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.

5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah's son have plotted your ruin, saying,

6 "Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it."

7 Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
       " 'It will not take place,
       it will not happen,

8 for the head of Aram is Damascus,
       and the head of Damascus is only Rezin.
       Within sixty-five years
       Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.

9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
       and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son.
       If you do not stand firm in your faith,
       you will not stand at all.' "

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.


Isaiah 7:1-9 (SDA Clear Word Bible)

1 After Ahaz, grandson of Uzziah, became king of Judah, war broke out. Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the king of Israel, became allies and agreed to attack Judah and capture Jerusalem. But they never did succeed.

2 When the word reached Ahaz, king of Judah, that the armies of Syria had arrived in the Northern Kingdom and were preparing to attack Judah, the hearts of the people shook with fear like the trees of the forest shake before a strong wind.

3 That's when the Lord said to me, "Take your son Shear Jashub with you, whose name means A Remnant Will Return, and go to meet Ahaz on the Washerman Highway which leads to the city's aqueduct that supplies water for the Upper Pool.

4 Tell the King not to be alarmed but to stay calm. Tell him not to be afraid of King Rezon of Syria and King Pekah of Israel. Their armies are no more dangerous than the smoke from two smoldering sticks of firewood used for firebrands.

5 Syria and Israel have plotted your ruin and have said to each other,

6 'Let's invade Judah and terrify the people of Jerusalem with our huge armies. They'll give up and joining our side and we'll be able to use them to stage a coup. Then we can place Tabeal's son on the throne of Judah in place of Ahaz.'

7 But I, the Lord God, say this will not happen; it will not take place.

8 Why? Because the whole country of Syria is no stronger than the city of Damascus, and Damascus is no stronger than its king, and he soon will die. As far as Israel goes, sixty-five years from now the Assyrians will come and shatter the Northern Kingdom and it will be no more.

9 Even at present Israel is no stronger than the city of Samaria, and Samaria is no stronger than its king, and he soon will die. So stand firm in your faith in the Lord your God or you'll be unable to stand at all."

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Our Observation

William Miller's 1843 "Time Proved Fifteen Different Ways" - Proof #1, used Isaiah 7:8 as part of the the basis for its calculations:


I prove it by the time given by Moses, in the 26th chapter of Leviticus, being seven times that the people of God are to be in bondage to the kingdoms of this world; or in Babylon, literal and mystical; which seven times cannot be understood less than seven times 360 revolutions of the earth in its orbit, making 2520 years. I believe this began according to Jeremiah 15:4, —

"And I will cause them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem,"

and Isa. 7:8,

"For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Resin: and within three score and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people,"

– when Manasseh was carried captive to Babylon, and Israel was no more a nation,– see chronology, 2 Chron. 33:9,

"So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel,"

– the 677th year B.C.

Then take 677 out of 2520, leaves A.D. 1843, when the punishment of the people of God will end.



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