The acceptable Year of the Lord began from synagogue of Nazareth; But at the end of that what do we read in the Lucan narrative? “And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of the city…(Lk4:28-29)” What John had written in his Gospel proved to be true. “He came into his own, and his own received him not (John1:11).” He showed how to worship the Lord God in Spirit and truth. With this in mind let us consider the next phase in the building of the temple of God. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up(John 2:19)”. It was no riddle but a plain statement that went past his hearers ‘But he spake of the temple of his body’ John explains in the following verse. The disciples had to tarry in Jerusalem after Jesus Christ was risen and it was for a purpose. ‘Until ye be endued with power from on high (Lk.24:49). The House of Prayer for all people and for all nations were by the mandate of God (who is a Spirit) to which all those who received the Spirit by faith were partakers. Therefore we read this verse,”…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved(Ac.2:47).” Faith was all that one needed.As in the Parable of the Great Banquet it was a wedding garment issued by the House and only the guests needed show up donned in it. Isaiah calls it robe of righteousness(v.10).
Jesus Christ is qualified as an Apostle and prophet.”…Every soul which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people (Ac.3:23).” In the synagogue while he read Isaiah he proclaimed the Acceptable Year of the Lord. What he did not read was the line following, ‘and the day of vengeance of our God.’ Somewhat similar to the analogy of the Gospel of God and the Gospel of Christ as a coin one is the authority and the other, – salvation. Here we have a Either Or situation. What Jesus proclaimed in the synagogue was the year of His Father. “Now is the day of salvation”. To those who rejected it would a day of vengeance and we see the Rider on the white horse executing vengeance on all enemies.(Re.19:15). He was rejected but has become the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
The Acceptable Year duration of which is determined by God; a day has as much duration correspondingly with the year. From the account of Isaiah we see the Millennial Reign almost merging into the eternity death swallowed up in victory, Victory of the Spirit over material world and history. Thus the Messiah raising the banner on the mount signals his taking control over the history of the world. We see events foreshortened as spiritual bodies compressing irrelevant material aspects of believers. So righteousness of God when we have been adopted by God in him is our righteousness. This is the treasure we have in heavenly places and it is where our hearts should be. It is our better hope.
Coming back to Isaiah we read of trees of righteousness to which the holy city of God alludes slightly in an altered form. What are these but a general indication of the flora and fauna of the eternity? By principle of Association our righteousness from God and the lamb and by same token the tree of life (mentioned in Re.22:1-2) is of righteousness. There are kings and priests that makes necessary for congregation of nations. We are signs and wonders in eternity.
Before we proceed further what does the number twelve indicate? It is a tag placed by the Spirit to designate the memorial nature of the slain lamb before the worlds began. The Throne is of God and of the Lamb and Jesus also is qualified as Last Adam.
In this context we can understand better how the New Jerusalem would look like without the sun. Glory of the city obviate the need of the sun. The city is hung in mid-air and the pure water of life flowing out of the throne (Re.22:1) along the river on either side the tree of life stood. Significance of 12 manner fruits and its leaves were for healing of the nations would indicate the new earth. Heaven or heavens which perhaps explains the third heaven which was seen by St Paul in a dream. Glory of God shed abroad from the throne as seen from the new earth may be two different qualities, a point of curiosity which I have no sanction to elaborate upon. For the redeemed of the earth no better recommendation is required then loving Him more than the world could offer. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Co.2:9). Jesus asks each of us, “Lovest me more than these?(Jn.21:15)” What shall be our answer?
“The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool (Is.66:1)”
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.