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“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked:  Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear” (Isaiah 45, NIV).

This is strong language.  What fanfare!  But why?  Why is it so important that God has uttered in all integrity the not-to-be-revoked “Before me every knee will bow”?  A number of Bible translations render the last part of this passage “every tongue will swear allegiance.”  Allegiance?  Yes, to God.  Remember Philippians 2:11 (“every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”).  Again, why the fanfare?  Is it because all people will ultimately be saved, that this is what it means for every knee to bow, etc.?