WHO'S WITNESSES SHOULD WE BE (ISA 43:10)?
w13 3/15 p. 24 par. 2 Honor Jehovah's Great Name
"Jehovah's Witnesses, on the other hand, are proud to bear God's name and to glorify it."
Acts 11:26 - "the disciples were by divine providence called Christians."
Matthew 10:18 - "...for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations." [JESUS]
Mark 13:9 - "...before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them." [JESUS]
Luke 24:47, 48 "and on the basis of [JESUS] name, repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preachedi in all the nations... You are to be witnesses of these things"
Acts 1:8 - "You will be witnesses of me..." [JESUS]
John 1:15 - "John bore witness about him..." [JESUS]
John 5:37 - "the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me." [JESUS]
John 8:18 - "the Father who sent me bears witness about me." [JESUS]
John 15:26,27 - "...will bear witness about me; and YOU in turn, are to bear witness." [JESUS]
Acts 4:17,18 - ...upon the basis of this (Jesus) .... upon the basis of the name of Jesus.
Acts 10:39 - "And we are witnesses of all the things he [Jesus] did..."
Acts 10:43 - "To him [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness..."
Acts 13:31 - "who are now his (Jesus') witnesses to the people.
Acts 22:15 - "because you are to be a witness for him [Jesus] to all men..."
Acts 22:20 - "......the blood of Stephen your [Jesus'] witness was being spilled..."
Acts 23:11 - "..... a thorough witness on the things about me in Jerusalem..." [JESUS]
Acts 26:16 -"I [Jesus]..choose you as an attendant and a witness...respecting me" [JESUS]
1 Corinthians 1:6 - "even as the witness about the Christ..."
Galatians 1:6-8 - ...if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to you as good news something beyond the good news [about Christ] we declared to you, let him be accursed.
1 Tim. 2:6 - "..what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times."
2 Timothy 1:8 - "...of the witness about our Lord.. [Christ]"
1 John 5:9 - "the witness God gives...the fact that he has borne witness concerning his Son."
Revelation 1:9 - "....for speaking about God and bearing witness to Jesus."
Revelation 3:8 - ...."and you kept my word and did not prove false to my name." [JESUS]
Revelation 12:17 - "...and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus."
Revelation 17:6 - "...and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus."
Revelation 19:10 -"...the work of witnessing to Jesus.... bearing witness to Jesus."
Revelation 20:4 - "... for the witness they bore to Jesus."
Isa 43:10 "'You are my witnesses,' declares Jehovah" is a reminder about what God had done and will do.
Vs 1: God reminds them that he bought them and they belong to him. (Jacob and Israel)
Vs 2: God promises to protect them
Vs 3: God reminds them that Egypt was their ransom
Vs 4: God tells them they are precious in His eyes
Vs 5-7: God assures them of his continued being with them
Vs 8-9: Now, here's the key: God issues a challenge to the nations and asks them to produce THEIR witnesses to see who is right: "Let all the nations assemble in one place,..."
"Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right"
Vs 10: God then says to the Israelites, "YOU are my witnesses."
This wasn't about naming a group of people. This was about who is right and who is wrong. Who could produce witnesses for themselves that could truthfully claim to have been a saviour, protector, etc.
This was God's challenge to the nations, and He names the Israelites as HIS witnesses to that fact.
Then Isa 62:2 adds "The nations will see your righteousness, O woman, And all kings your glory.
And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah's own mouth will designate"
This was fulfilled in Acts 11:26 - "the disciples were by divine providence called Christians."