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“Do You Have to See to Believe?” That question has been screaming in my ears for weeks since the significant archeological find in Jerusalem.

Amazing Find in Jerusalem That Archaeologists World-wide Are Talking About
Do You Have to See to Believe the Isaiah Bulla?

It may or may not be the Prophet Isaiah’s signature.

Which may or may not prove that there was an Isaiah.

Oh, come on now folks! Would a half inch piece of clay convince you of anything at all? And it probably won’t convince anyone that Isaiah ever lived either, let alone wrote 66 of the most wonderous chapters in the Bible.

Even archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who found the piece of clay with Isaiah’s name on it warned in her announcement, this bulla (clay seal) might not be the Prophet Isaiah’s. She stated: “The name of Isaiah… is clear, [however] the absence of this final letter… requires that we leave open the possibility that it could just be the name Navi” or Isaiah, not the Prophet Isaiah. However, just as easily, it could be the miller Isaiah’s or the baker Isaiah’s or even the delivery man’s.

What a bunch of bull(a) and speculation this find has caused!

Look for me it is pretty simple, I don’t have to find the empty tomb to believe in the resurrection. Nor do I need to see gold plates or archeological evidence, to know in my heart the Book of Mormon brings me to Christ, it just does. So why all this hubbub about Isaiah?

The problem is pretty clear; almost no one has read the book. Sure when I read Isaiah parts are confusing, but then I come across verses like these in Isaiah 9:

The people that walked in darkness
have seen a great light,
and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a Son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.

And man I feel the lyrics burn testimony in my hear as Handel fills my mind with music. Isaiah speaks to me! What about you!

This bulla thing has opened the door to something else: people who call themselves Bible “scholars” apparently dispute the authorship of Isaiah. Who in the heck knew that?

Nearly every article I have read, and that has been a bunch of them, brings up the “Isaiah Problem.”

Who wrote the book,” they ask, “no single person could.”
Did Isaiah Write All of Isaiah?” “It just is not possible for men to predict the future,” they say, “it had to be written after the fact. And by a team of authors, no one writer could be that good.”

Oh my gosh, read the book and solve the problem! Feel God’s hand in the words, and you will know Isaiah as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles does when he wrote,

“Isaiah is by every standard the messianic prophet of the Old Testament and as such is the most penetrating prophetic voice in that record.”—Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon

About Pop Isaiah

They call me Pop, Pop Isaiah actually. I write this highly opinionated column on all things Isaiah. I used to be a scholar, researcher, and a bit of a writer. I say used to be because I don't have time and patience for that anymore, and I don't get paid enough. So look up your own damn footnotes. I'm also retired, which is the ultimate form of tenure. I admit I am LDS... mostly. I sit in the back of what used to be the High Priests group and try to keep my mouth shut, but it still gets me in trouble a lot, and they don't ask me to teach much anymore. Why? I don't have patience with a gospel for dummies, which is what we tend to water it down to. Still, I know it's true, get's truer every day in fact. So cut me some slack, and I'll do the same. I spent a lot of my formative time on the east coast in my liberal years, but I'm a bit of a political hybrid now. I don't claim either the right or the left, don't see much use. I'm a self-proclaimed millennial revolutionary. I'm tired of wading through this political correctness charade, so I choose not to. I figure if Clayton Christensen calls it a doctrine of Satan, that's good enough for me. This is my perfect job, so please don't screw it up. My boss has already had a few requests to fire me and I'm just getting started. If you notice fulfillment of prophecies related to Isaiah, the latest scuttlebutt, spelling problems, breaking news I don't know about, or some really stupid arguments I make, I invite you to send them to me privately at PopIsaiah@aol.com. My boss is pretty adamant about me staying civil, so please do the same. And sorry, sometimes you can't fix stupid! I may be a little slow responding, but I'll get back to you eventually. If you send me some really great content privately I'll probably post it, but I won't use your name unless you want me to. I’m warning you up front, I tend to stoke the fire, it keeps me warm. – Pop

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They call me Pop, Pop Isaiah actually. I write this highly opinionated column on all things Isaiah. I used to be a scholar, researcher, and a bit of a writer. I say used to be because I don't have time and patience for that anymore, and I don't get paid enough. So look up your own damn footnotes. I'm also retired, which is the ultimate form of tenure. I admit I am LDS... mostly. I sit in the back of what used to be the High Priests group and try to keep my mouth shut, but it still gets me in trouble a lot, and they don't ask me to teach much anymore. Why? I don't have patience with a gospel for dummies, which is what we tend to water it down to. Still, I know it's true, get's truer every day in fact. So cut me some slack, and I'll do the same. I spent a lot of my formative time on the east coast in my liberal years, but I'm a bit of a political hybrid now. I don't claim either the right or the left, don't see much use. I'm a self-proclaimed millennial revolutionary. I'm tired of wading through this political correctness charade, so I choose not to. I figure if Clayton Christensen calls it a doctrine of Satan, that's good enough for me. This is my perfect job, so please don't screw it up. My boss has already had a few requests to fire me and I'm just getting started. If you notice fulfillment of prophecies related to Isaiah, the latest scuttlebutt, spelling problems, breaking news I don't know about, or some really stupid arguments I make, I invite you to send them to me privately at PopIsaiah@aol.com. My boss is pretty adamant about me staying civil, so please do the same. And sorry, sometimes you can't fix stupid! I may be a little slow responding, but I'll get back to you eventually. If you send me some really great content privately I'll probably post it, but I won't use your name unless you want me to. I’m warning you up front, I tend to stoke the fire, it keeps me warm. – Pop

3 COMMENTS

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this article. I don’t have to see reach out and be shocked by electricity to know it’s real…?. And yes, Isaiah lived and wrote some truly inspiring words for OUR day. My wife sings in the Tabernacle Chiir and they are performing Handel’s Messiah. She just texted me this: “We are singing a concert tonight that will be livestreamed throughout the world and most of the lyrics come from the scriptures in Isaiah :)”. Keep up the great work…I love Isaiah and love the great articles you keep sharing to help us all better understand the great man and prophet, Isaiah!!

    • I love the Messiah by Handel and am happy for both Easter and Christmas so I can dive to the music I love. My car is my only CD player any more and for two months each year this is my main play

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