1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 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.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
As we begin this chapter, we must understand that Zion represents the Church of Jesus Christ!
Verse 1 begins by saying, “For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.”
Christ will bring peace to Israel for the sake of the Church that we have not trusted Him in vain.
Mt Zion is the sight of David’s Tabernacle. It was a place of worship that was open with praise and worship 24 hours a day for 35 years! Today, the true Church is also open to all for the purpose of worship.
Mercy was established in the Tabernacle of David just as it has been established in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and within the true Church!
And, for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, God’s plan shall continue into fruition when the Light of Christ Jesus burns brightly for all to see from Jerusalem!
Verse 2 declares that “Gentiles shall see God’s righteousness, and all kings see His glory!”
Then Isaiah says something that most pass over. He says, “And you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.” That New name is Christ Jesus, the Anglo-Greek version of Yahshua Ha Messhiac!
All who are called by the name of Christ Jesus are known world-wide as Christians, another new name for His followers!
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Christ Jesus is the crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of God.
The Church of Christ Jesus was established in and for praise. Today’s Synagogue is completely void of praise!
Jews were the first to trust in Christ Jesus as the Messiah! However, on the cross, Christ Jesus was Jewish Temple Leaders declared the Messiah to be “forsaken!”
In the years after their denial of Christ, Judea became a desolate land. But, all that is changing! Where Arabs made Israel barren and desolate, Jews have once again, with God’s help made the land abundant with food!
Israel is once again Hephzibah (Heb ḥepṣî bāh-חֶפְצִי־בָּהּ), a delight. The land is now Beulah (Heb bāʿal-בָּעַל), to be wife-like. For centuries Israel acts more like a prostitute than a wife, but now a great change is about to take place and she will once again turn to the LORD for comfort.
The Bible is the story of Israel’s abandonment of God and His patience in her return! To Israel God proclaims that she shall no more be termed Forsaken!
And, the land shall no longer be thought of as “Desolate (Heb ʿāzab-עָזַב), forsaken!” This seems to be a repetition and it is! There are no punctuations in Hebrew, so repetition was used as an exclamation point!
With the restoration, Israel shall be called Beulah, because Yahweh has delighted in her and shall marry Israel.
That seems strange to those of us in this day, but it speaks of the loving relationship between God and Israel brought about by the Abrahamic Covenant!
The only relationship that can properly describe God’s love for Israel is marriage!
As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over Israel. This is a precursor to the marriage of Revelation!
Yahweh has set watchmen of the walls of the Church. And, day and night they proclaim the mercy of Christ Jesus! The only job Christians have is to proclaim peace with Yahweh through trust in Christ Jesus!
There is no rest for the watchmen! We watch and pray until He establishes praise on the earth!
Yahweh has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Christ Jesus that Jerusalem shall once again spiritual joy shall come to Israel!
Many have attempted to give away or sell off portions of Israel, but they have all, Jew and Gentile, have been rebuked by God!
His people shall plant, gather, and eat in peace and praise within the courts of Holiness! That may seem simplistic, but it is the goal of the plan of God!
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Christians have been ordained to go through the gates of praise to prepare the way for Israel in a restoration of heart-felt praise. We are to go along the highway of Holiness discarding the rocks that Satan has placed there, making the way smooth for Christ’ return.
Our work does not affect the return Christ to the hearth, but it is part of the plan for His return. Isaiah tells us that we are raise up the standard, the ensign, the flag. That standard is Christ Jesus! Christ Jesus, the Son of God is Jehovah-Nissi, our banner!
God has proclaimed the end since the beginning! He has openly declared to Zion, the Church, “Behold, you salvation (Heb yēshaʿ-יֵשַׁע) comes and His reward is with Him! His work is to distribute His rewarda!
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
In the day of His return there shall be no mistake, Those who have called upon Christ Jesus shall be known as the “holy people,” and “the redeemed of the LORD!” Jerusalem shall be called, “Sought out!” It shall be a city that is not “forsaken!”