May 22 - The Holy Prophet Isaiah

He prophesied for 60 years, during the reigns of four kings, about the coming of the Messiah, Christ the Savior. Isaiah called the Messiah — God and Man — the teacher of all nations, and founder of a kingdom of peace and love.

He foretold the Messiah's birth from a Virgin and His suffering for the sins of the world. He foresaw His Resurrection, and the exaltation and advancement of the Christian Church throughout the world.

The Holy Prophet Isaiah

A great prophet of the Old Testament, Isaiah, lived 700 years before the birth of Christ. Coming from royal lineage, he was called to prophetic service by the Lord during the reign of Uzziah, king of Judea.

He prophesied for 60 years, during the reigns of four kings, about the coming of the Messiah, Christ the Savior. Isaiah called the Messiah — God and Man — the teacher of all nations, and founder of a kingdom of peace and love.

He foretold the Messiah's birth from a Virgin and His suffering for the sins of the world. He foresaw His Resurrection, and the exaltation and advancement of the Christian Church throughout the world.

Isaiah's path to prophetic service began with a wondrous vision, in which he met the Lord Himself. God asked Isaiah, "Whom will I send, and who will go to the Jews? Who will go for Us?"

Isaiah answered, "Here am I, send me. Lord, I will go."

And the Lord sent Isaiah to the Jews, to persuade them to turn from the unclean path of idolatry, and repent. The Lord promised mercy and forgiveness to those who would repent and return to the true God, while the judgment and retribution of God awaited those who were hard of heart.

Isaiah cried out to the Lord, "How long will the Jewish people turn away from God?"

The Lord answered him, "Until the cities become empty, when no people are left in the houses, and the land becomes a wilderness. However, as when a tree is cut down, new shoots spring from the stump, so also a holy remnant will remain from the destruction of the nation, and a new tribe will emerge from it.” 

But meeting with God was not the only gift awarded to the Prophet Isaiah. The Lord also gave him the gift of miracle-working. When Jerusalem languished under a siege of the pagans and became exhausted from thirst, Isaiah brought forth a spring of water from under Mt. Zion by his prayer. It was called Siloam, that is, "sent by God". Thus, Isaiah saved the people of Jerusalem from a torturous death.

Isaiah himself suffered a martyr's death. He was sawn in half with a wooden saw by the order of King Manasseh, and was buried near the holy spring. Even now, some relics of the Prophet Isaiah are kept on Mt. Athos.

The twenty-second of May is the feast day of the Holy Prophet Isaiah.

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