SPECIAL TOPIC: THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH ("from" or "before")
In Isaiah 40:21 this phrase is another allusion to creation. Interestingly, a similar phrase is repeated five times in the NT referring to YHWH's actions before creation.
1. Matt. 25:34 – "inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world"
2. John 17:24 – "for You did love Me before the foundations of the world"
3. Eph. 1:4 – "He chose us in Him before the foundations of the world"
4. 1 Pet. 1:19-20 – "He was foreknown before the foundation of the world"
5. Rev. 13:8 (possible object)
a. "everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world"
b. "the Lamb who has been slain before the foundation of the world"
God is active before, in, and after physical creation. He was active in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Israel, and Christ for the redemption of all humans (see Special Topic: YHWH's Eternal Redemptive Plan).
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