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In Isaiah 46:8-10 it is written (NIV),

8 Remember this, fix it in mind,

take it to heart you rebels.

9 Remember the former things, those of long ago,

I am God, and there is no other,

I am God, and there is none like me.

10a I make known the end from the beginning,

from ancient times, what is still to come. ...

What is the meaning of "I make known the end from the beginning" in verse 10. ?

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Great answers already, just thought I'd share some reading in Isaiah 48, couple chapters later, verses 3,5 fit with this very well: "3 The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass." "5 I declared them to you from of old, before they came to pass I announced them to you," – Joshua Dec 7 '15 at 13:51
@JoshuaBigbee- Your input is appreciated.I did not expect to receive such a good response from this post.I would like to read your answer if you have one. – Bagpipes Dec 7 '15 at 15:26
Not sure I have anything to add. I actually ended up upvoting all of the top three answers! They each provide a good insight. Only question is if you were asking what specific event was getting prophesied here? Were you looking for meaning of the phrase or fulfillment of the passage? I suppose that part could still be tackled. – Joshua Dec 7 '15 at 16:16
@JoshuaBigbee- Just the meaning of the phrase. – Bagpipes Dec 7 '15 at 16:18
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The previous verse says it all, “for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,”

“I make known the end from the beginning” is a declaration of His Omnipotence since He is not restricted by time as we are instead He lives in eternity and not time, His Omnipresence since He is all places at all times He is literally in the beginning but also at the end and most importantly His Omniscience; The all-knowing God does not seek knowledge He is knowledge personified and there is absolutely nothing that He does not know including the most remote future events. Others would have to see the end in order to know the end but He is able to see the end even from the beginning.

The prophetic nature of God is an attribute that was lacking among the many other Canaanite deities of that era so to assert His superiority over anything else considered to be God this statement was made. The question is asked in verse 5 “To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me,” in other words He stands alone as God; matchless and unparalleled and one evidence of this truth is the fact that He can make known the end from the beginning or prophetically declare the culmination of all things.

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@WillSivart-Yes! His Omniscience and His Omnipresence dwell outside the realm of time, which as He chooses He can reveal it-and yet not take away our free will. – Tau Feb 10 '14 at 15:28

The Hebrew word used here is Magid (מגיד), Strong's H5046, which usually means "declare," making 46:10:

"Declaring the end from the beginning..."

"Declare" is used in the King James and JPS translations, and seems more appropriate here. In this context, God's "declaration of history" is a poetic way of describing God's orchestration of history, and 46:10 highlights God's omniscience and omnipotence which exists outside of time:

"Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying: 'My counsel shall stand, and all My pleasure will I do'" (JPS)

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Declaring the END from the BEGINNING is a prophetic hint or a key to understanding what will be the final issue on earth before Jesus’ second coming after the Mark of the Beast is established globally. In other words, God declares what will be the last issue on earth by pointing us to what happened at the “end" of the “beginning" of creation.

Ask yourself this simple question: What was the last (END) thing God did at the beginning of creation?

Answer: Genesis 1: In the BEGINNING God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 2:Thus the heavens and the earth were FINISHED, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.

You can see God declared he created in the beginning and then declared the Sabbath at the end of it. So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the last issue on earth will be about the 7th day Sabbath.

Lets look into the LAST (end) book of the bible to see if God prophesied (predicted or declared) about the Sabbath at the end of time.

In Revelation14:6 -And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred, and tongue and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgment is come. Worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea and the fountains of waters.”

What does the law of God say about WORSHIP in regards to creation. Let’s find out because Rev 14 uses the same language as Exodus20.

Exodus 20:11 - 1 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

There you go, all we have to do is watch and see if the 7th Day Sabbath becomes a global issue on earth. You see, the first thing God did at the end of creation was establish the 7th day Sabbath. That means the last thing God expects true Christians to do is to honour the Sabbath because it will be under attack by false worshippers in the end.

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I don't have a problem with your answer-per se. However, your 'tone' is 'preachy'. It takes a little getting used to, but simply state your conclusions as to what the text means (providing support through quotations of your sources) and allow us, your audience, to form our own conclusions as to whether or not they have merit-Thank you! – Tau Mar 30 at 3:42

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