The Book of Isaiah-Is.60:8-22 -“the Holy City of God”

When God shows His mercy the city of Jerusalem shall be called by yet another name: Beulah. This is how Isaiah introduces New Jerusalem. Apostle John was shown in a vision her descending from heaven as a bride adorned,- ‘for the marriage of the Lamb is come.’ Fortunes of a city are solely in the hands of God. Considering what changes He can bring to its prosperity the rulers who went whoring after strange gods after the manner of pagan nations  were foolish shepherds. They were also set as watchmen for the people but they failed to read the signs of divine wrath coming,. When King Ahaz persuaded the Assyrians to help Syria he was courting disaster. It is thus with rulers who think big relying on their own cleverness. Then as now. But God is merciful. In his Time he shall hasten to relieve the misery of the people who are oppressed and broken hearted. We can see it in the following chapter. The wondrous passage beginning with’The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me’Isaiah is introducing the husband for whom the Bride is being adorned. Apostle John in another place had this to say, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins;(1 John3:5).” He sees Jerusalem in another vision where it is spiritually an epitome for all wickedness and ‘is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Re.11:8).’When such a place can be adorned as a bride we get an insight into the glory of God. Light, the everlasting light has given it a splendor to be called New Jerusalem! “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married “(Is.62:4)”.

Such names as Beulah and Hephzibah are also clues for us to see prophecies of Isaiah as intended.  Spiritually the land being married or God or as Husband taking delight in Jerusalem is as valid as Isaiah using it for his generation. When the Spirit is inspiring him he has a purpose to glorify the Everlasting Name of God. So what was spiritually Sodom and Egypt is transformed into New Jerusalem. “The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel./ Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations./ Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.(vv.14-17)

When God delights in the city restored or received as bride it has a blessed connotation of the Lord taking delight in her. It is what Hephzibah means. The land as Isaiah says shall be married. It is New Jerusalem, the holy city of God. In order to get a more understanding it shall help the reader to compare ths chapter with Ch.21 of the Book of the Revelation. For example consider v.18 of this chapter. “ Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Now we have a verse from the Revelation,”And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day…(21:25)” “Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in(Is.26:2). It is the city of God, holy and true. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?(60:8)”

Benny

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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