46:11 Calling a bird of prey(Cyrus) from the east,(Persia)
The man(Cyrus) who executes My counsel, from a far country.(Persia)
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.
Did you catch what God did there?
Go all the way back to the beginning of Isaiah and remember that what is wrong with them is internal. The external threats from Syria, Assyria, and Babylon are not the real issues. Those are but symptoms of the real problem. A runny nose, a cough, a fever, these are all symptoms of something that's wrong inside your body. The people of Judah are sick on the inside. They are selfish, they are hypocrites, they oppress the weak, they pervert justice for personal gain. They don't need a king, a hero, or a military victory. They need healing.
Last week I was grabbing a smoothie at Booster Juice and the TV was showing a program about hoarders. In the episode that was airing a local contractor was offering to build a brand new house for this gentleman and his fiancee. The catch was that he had to get rid of the mountains of stuff he had hoarded into a mobile home.
What the contractor, and the counselors that were working with this elderly gentleman seemed to be missing was that a new home wouldn't solve anything. The man caused the mess, not the home. Moving him would just restart the same problem in a new location. He was the problem. He needed healing, not a clean, empty house.
Now do you see what God did in the three verses above?
He has been making a wild prediction that after Judah is captured by Babylon they will be rescued by an idol worshipping king from Persia.
Let me put it in perspective. It would be like God telling the United States that Iraq is going to wipe them out and take them captive and then Iran or North Korea is going to rescue them. Impossible right?!!
Then once He has their attention with this "crazy" prophecy, He follows it up with another one.
Salvation. The word/concept has a double meaning. We tend to think of it in terms of being rescued which is part of it, bit it also means healing. Do you see it now? Before Syria threatened and before Assyria exploited, and before Babylon comes to plunder and destroy there was already a problem in Judah. The problem was internal. They were sick, selfish, and broken on the inside. They needed healing.
That is God's message right here. "As surely as Cyrus will come from Persia to solve your external problems, My righteousness will come and bring healing in you." - God
The impossible did happen. Cyrus did come. Guess what that means... :)