Archive for October 17, 2009

35 Is The Holy Highway

October 17, 2009

Just when you thought Christians couldn’t get any stranger, a Christian Movement has come to the conclusion that Highway 35 is the Holy Highway.

A growing number of evangelical Christians around the world are convinced that Interstate 35 is a holy highway. The movement, which began in Texas where the interstate begins, has some strong local supporters in Minnesota.

This group is convinced the Interstate 35W bridge collapse was a sign from above. They say the source is the Bible verse from Isaiah 35. It says: “A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it. “

The verse in question is below:

And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but is shall be for the redeemed: the wayfaring men, yea fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8, ASV)

Unfortunately for prophecy, there are quite a few atheists that take Highway 35 to our monthly meeting, so they would be unclean (in the Christian sense). And, with all the stinky people in the world, there are real unclean people traveling on it consistently. And the previous verse mentions jackals specifically, so the chances of it referring to the US Highway system is pretty slim, possibility of real prophecy aside.

And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. (Isaiah 35:7, ASV)

But, seriously folks, the very next verses in the chapter display very clearly the intent of the section.

No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up thereon; they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35: 9-10, ASV)

It’s pretty clearly speaking of the Hebrews return back to their homeland, either the southerners return to Judah following the Babylonian Exile, or the Northerners return to Israel after the Assyrian invasion (depending on the age of the passage) and it is predicting a peaceful journey home. It says nothing of future events or bridges collapsing. Isaiah wrote during the time of King Hezekiah, so this would suggest that it is speaking of the Assyrian Invasion, though the last few chapters of that book change in style and appears to have been added to by his successors later. Verse 35 is at the cuspe of that change, so it could go either way.

One way or another, prophesy that needs to be twisted, parts ignored, and other parts embellished, does not work as prophesy. Isaiah was either a well renowned religious leader of his day, or a really crappy prophet for today.