Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Rise of Mount Zion

UPDATED

A COMMENT WHICH WAS LEFT:

Isaiah 2:1-5 is the same as Revelation 22:1-5, what do you think?
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MY REPLY:

Isa.2:1-5:
This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days (2Tim.3:1,5,7-8; Matt.24:3; Rev.1:10)
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord 
(Isa.56:7; 2Pet.1:18; Zech.8:2-3; Joel3:17; Rev.14:1),
    to the temple (1Pet.2:5; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20-22,10) of the God of Jacob (Isa.10:20-21).
He will teach us his ways (Matt.28:20; Mal.2:7),
    so that we may walk in his paths.” 
(Isa.30:21; 40:3; 11:16; Mal.3:1; 4:5-6; Matt.17:11,3,2; Mal.4:1-3; Rev.1:16)
The law will go out from Zion (Ps.110:2; Rev.14:1,3; 1Cor.14:15; 4:1; Rev.5:9,10; Isa.48:20),
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Rev.21:2,3; 3:12).
4 He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
(Luke12:51; 1Cor.11:18-19; 4:5; 13:10; Rev.1:1; John16:13,8; Ps.94:21; Rev.6:9,11; 13:15,7) 
(Rev.20:11-13; John12:48; Matt.12:36-37; 15:11; 1Cor.3:13-14; 2Cor.5:10; 1Cor.13:10; John16:13; Rev.22:6; Mal.3:1)
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation (Rev.17:14; 16:13-16; Matt.24:7,21; Joel2:2,1; Rev.9:7,9,16; 2Cor.10:3-5; Dan.12:7; Rev.6:11; Rom.6:5),
    nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob (Acts2:39; Deut.6:6-8; 1Cor.4:15),  let us walk in the light of the Lord.
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Rev.22:1-5:
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever."
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"In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established" (Isa.2:2)
How will this take place?
Jesus spoke of how mere humans can be enabled in the time of the end, for this purpose.
Rev.2:26-29:
"To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
This gift of the "morning star", is receiving direct light/spirit from that morning star (Rev.22:16; Luke1:78; John14:16,26).
How will the "spirit" speak "to the churches"?
Again at Rev.22:16, it will be by means of Christ's "angel"/messenger. That one will speak the spirit (John16:13; 1Cor.2:13) which "inspires the prophets" (Rev.22:6,8,9; Luke1:17; 1Cor.14:32).
That spirit inspires the "two" last prophets (Rev.11:3) (Rev.11:3,4; Zech.4:14,10,9; Matt.17:1,2,3). Do these receive the "morning star"? (Zech.4:14,11,12)
Is that light from Christ used for "Elijah" to "restore all things"? (Matt.17:3,11).
Is the "restoration" the healing of the rift between God and "Jacob"? (Luke1:16,17; Mal.4:6) (elijah-turns-hearts)
Note Isa.49:6:
"he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have keptI will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."
When we view the context of Isa.49:6; the connection to the two scriptures you cite, becomes apparent...
See Isa.49:8,9,12:
8 This is what the Lord says:
“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
    and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
    and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’
12 See, they will come from afar—
    some from the north, some from the west (Isa.2:2 E)

"A light to the Gentiles" (Isa.49:6; 42:6)
"...to those in darkness, 'Be free!'" (Isa.49:9; 60:2)

Do you remember where this light originated? (Rev.2:28; 22:16)
This light is sourced in the "morning star" of dawn.

See Isa.60:1-3:
"“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth (Isa.49:9)
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you (Rev.2:28)
    and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light, (Isa.2:3; 49:7; Rev.21:26,24)
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn." (2Pet.1:19 C; Rev.2:28)

The last prophet(s) will receive the light of the dawn of the Kingdom, directly from Christ,
who causes his "two witnesses" to prophesy, by means of God's spirit.

Who is this "angel" who bares to John the scroll of Revelation?
That angel is named in Isa.49:5, and we see now, that this "angel" is a human prophet (Rev.22:6,8,9; 1:20; Heb.2:2; 2Cor.10:6; Heb.2:5,16; 1:7; Ps.104:4; 39:3),
who has been given the "morning star".
Isa.49:5:
"And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (Matt.24:31)(For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength)".
This capitalized "new name" is assigned to this "daughter of Zion" (Isa.52:1,2)...
Yes, this "daughter" represents her "mother"/covenant, Zion (Gal.4:26)...

"Awake, awake, Zion,
    clothe yourself with strength! (Rev.12:1)
Put on your garments of splendor,
    Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
    will not enter you again. (Rev.22:15; 21:27) (Rev.11:2; Mark13:14)
2 Shake off your dust;
    rise up (Isa.60:1), sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
    Daughter Zion, now a captive."

This "daughter Zion" who herself needs to be set free, before she can "shed light" to free all the nations ("to the ends of the earth" -Isa.49:6; Matt.24:14; 10:23; Rev.1:11) from darkness, (Jer.31:22,23,21; Ps.45:10; Isa.43:18,19; Rev.12:6)
is given a name,
"And My God is My strength" (Rev.2:17; Isa.49:5; 40:29; Ps.28:6,7; 18:2; 73:26).
How is that name spoken in Hebrew?

GABRIEL =  God is my strength ... a combination of the root g-b-r, meaning powerful, mighty or strong, united with el, meaning God.

This is the same "angel"/messenger, sent to John by Jesus, "to show his slaves the things which must shortly take place" by means of the Revelation scroll (Dan.8:15,16,17,19; John16:13; Hab.2:3; Rev.22:6,10).

I hope that by means of the additional scriptural references,
the events of Isa.2 and Rev.22 can be placed in a wider context.

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