Isaiah Chapter 51
"Zion" (see Zionism) was the strongest part of the city of Jerusalem i.e. "David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David" (2 Samuel 5:7 KJV). Zion became the focus of military and political power of the human kings of Israel (later, after The Division Of Israel, the king of Judah alone - the reason that Christ was mockingly called The King of the Jews by those who murdered Him). But the human Kings of Israel and Judah were merely symbolic of the ultimate King of Israel, and the world, to come (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah).
Christ is going to rule all the world from Zion:
"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV).
There will be absolute peace in the world because The Lord will not tolerate the existence of fraud-mouthed warmongers who Satanically lust to conquer and murder the people of other sovereign nations. Such evil behavior has been the way of carnal-minded man (as a species, male and female) almost from the beginning, but it's going to stop i.e. be stopped. The Lord is going to give this arrogant world the humility-making thumping that it richly deserves, after which there will be genuine peace forever (see The Coming World Dictator).
"Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you [see Abram and Sarai]: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her [see Daughter of Zion] waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment [see When Will You Be Judged?] to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness [see The Lord's Plumb Line] is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they Trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment [see The End Of The World?], and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law [see A Pure Heart and Do You Know Him?]; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days [see The Ancient of Days], in the generations of old [see How Old Is God?]. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? [see Dragons] Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed [see Ransom] to pass over? Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker [see Christ The Creator], that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and The Sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God.
Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury [see Grapes Of Wrath]; thou shalt no more drink it again: But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over." (Isaiah 51:1-23 KJV)
Isaiah Chapter 52
Jesus Christ is going to be the King of Zion while the people of God, the family of God (see Daughter of Zion), are prepared to await The Father's coming to earth (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now? and The City To Come; also The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth).
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind].
For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed [e.g. see The Blasphemy Calendar]. Therefore my people shall know my name [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD]: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good Tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace]; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men [see What Did Jesus Look Like?; also What Does Jesus Look Like Now?]: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see Living Waters]; and that which they had not heard shall they consider." (Isaiah 52:1-15 KJV)
Isaiah Chapter 53
Jesus of Nazareth was an ordinary-looking man i.e. "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." The Messiah looked nothing at all like the common portrayal of Him (example below-right); in fact, many of the traditional "Jesus pictures" could more accurately be thought of as a criminal Wanted Poster for Satan because those images (and others e.g. Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?) are far more likely what Satan, the great counterfeiter, looks like (see What Does Satan Look Like?).
"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant [see Nazarene], and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities [see Stand Back Now, Let It Happen]: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter [see Why Blood?], and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked [see Through The Gates Of Hell], and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the Travail of his soul [see Where Is Your Soul?], and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:1-12 KJV)
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