Here’s something you won’t read anywhere: The 66 books in Bible correspond with the 66 chapters in Isaiah!
In other words, whatever chapter you’re reading in Isaiah, you’ll find striking comparisons to its numerical equivalent in the Old or New Testament.
I first heard about this phenomenon only a few weeks ago in a study given by my pastor, who, for all I know, came up with this discovery. He says he’s been researching the similarities for many years.
Jordan explains, “If you know enough about the book that compares with the chapter in Isaiah, you’ll see thought parallels out of the book that will be in the chapter. There won’t be prophecies about it; there’ll just be parallel thoughts.
“Isaiah starts out, ‘Earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord,’ and Genesis starts out, ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, earth, earth.’ Isaiah ends with a new heavens and a new earth. The Book of the Revelation ends with a new heaven and a new earth.
“When you come to Isaiah 40, which corresponds to the Book of Matthew, you know who shows up in Isaiah 40:3? John the Baptist, the voice of one crying in the wilderness. You know who shows up in Matthew 3? John the Baptist.”
“If Isaiah 40 gives you a whole new idea, a whole new concept—now comfort and salvation’s going to be talked about—what’s the 40th book in the Bible? There are 39 books in the Old Testament and the book of Matthew is the 40th book.
“Doesn’t that ring your bell a little bit?! Does mine! It’s one of the most fascinating things. Now, you’ve got to have read your Bible a little bit to appreciate these things, but when you do . . . Somebody knew how to divide the canon of Scripture up between Old Testament and New Testament and divide the book of Isaiah right at the same numerical place!” . . .