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Daughter of Zion

From the time of the New Testament, the people who correctly worship the True God (in contrast to those who incorrectly worship the True God, much to their eventual regret i.e. Matthew 7:21-23) are generally referred to as "The Church of God" (e.g. Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 1:2), the literal meaning of "church" being a gathering of those called, from the Greek word pronounced ek-klay-see-ah (see People or Place?). In the Old Testament, and in Prophecy, they were, and are, also known figuratively as "The daughter of Jerusalem" and "The daughter of Zion" - Jerusalem and Zion being symbolic, and literal, of God's future rule on earth:

"It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of The Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways and we may walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of The Lord from Jerusalem." (Micah 4:1-2 RSV)

Tower of David Daughter Of Zion

The ancient Daughter of Zion was no stranger to salvation, or the coming Savior:

"Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may show forth all Thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in Thy salvation." (Psalm 9:13-14 KJV)

"Behold, The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, "Behold, your salvation comes; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him." And they shall be called The holy people, The redeemed of The Lord; and you shall be called sought out, a city not forsaken" (Isaiah 62:11-12 RSV)

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your King comes to you; triumphant and victorious is He, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass." (Zechariah 9:9 RSV)
Note: This is a direct prophecy of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ: "So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on an ass's colt!" (John 12:13-15 RSV)

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says The Lord" (Zechariah 2:10 RSV)

The people of God however sometimes take too much for granted. In terms of God's blessings and protection, they sometimes find themselves in deep trouble because of their unfaithfulness and disobedience, and then they cry out to God to rescue them - to which sometimes He did, and does, and at other times He left, or leaves, them to learn their lesson in a way that they would, or will, not soon forget. Ancient examples of what is still seen every day:

"So now, O Lord our God, save us, I beseech thee, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou, O Lord, art God alone." Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says The Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. This is the word that The Lord has spoken concerning him: "She despises you, she scorns you - the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you - the daughter of Jerusalem. "Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and haughtily lifted your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!" (2 Kings 19:19-22 RSV)

"On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the Name of The Lord, those who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie down, and none shall make them afraid." Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, He has cast out your enemies" (Zephaniah 3:11-15 RSV)

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