Zion part 1:
Revelation of the nation that will make Israel envious
In the time of Moses, the children of Israel angered the Lord with their doubt and on-off love. Through Moses, The Lord said:
Deuteronomy 32:21 They made me jealous by what is no god
and angered me with their worthless idols.
I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
The nation that would make Israel envious was revealed in the past age during the time of the prophets. God chose Zion, as a nation through Whom He would show Israel that having faith in God was more important than keeping of the Laws, and mercy, was better than sacrifice; It was not the sacrifices The Lord needed, it was a heart of mercy towards each other and themselves.
Although the nation of Zion was revealed during the time of the prophets, just like the Israelites, they fell into sin and God abandoned them until an appointed time. At the end of this age, at the re-unsealing of the first seal, Jesus Christ will match out as conqueror on the white horse bent on Conquest. The main event of the first seal will be to prepare the end-time church for the second coming of Jesus Christ. At that time, The nation of Zion that was chosen to make Israel envious will be revealed.
At the revelation of the nation of Zion, Creation will be liberated from its bondage and thus the physical place of Zion will be restored and given the glory of the Garden of Eden, as it is written;
Romans 8 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
This will confirm to all men that Jesus Christ is indeed Who Scripture says He is, God and Lord, Saviour and redeemer, He was at the beginning when the first man was created in Eden, and at the end of this age before the worldly system is destroyed and the Kingdom of Righteousness is established, He will still be Here, He will be at the next age and forever, for He is God and Changes not!
This article looks into how Zion was Chosen, and why Israel was abandoned even though they are still the beloved of The Lord. Note that, Israel is not forgotten but was only abandoned until the number of the gentiles has come in. At the end of this age, during the time of God’s vengeance upon the whole earth, Israel will be attacked by the armies of the anti-Christ, they will lament for Jesus Christ as one laments for an only son. They will be saved; an everlasting salvation and will be fully restored and gathered back to their land in the next age, the 1000 year millennium.
The choosing of a new nation of the New covenant
Ephesians 3:6-12 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. 10 [God’s ] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence
Israel was chosen to serve the Living God and through Moses, they were given laws that were like boundary lines that would keep them within the accepted righteousness required by the law. Through staying within the boundary line of the law and not trespassing it, they would have been free of the condemnation of sin, receive the blessings spoken through Moses and influence other nations to the knowledge of the most High God.
The law could not be kept as intended by God without an active faith and relationship with Him. Israel did not realize the importance of their faith with God, instead they kept the law out of duty, without faith in the living God who gave the laws. This keeping of the law as though it were commands given by man without the required faith resulted in sins committed out of doubt repeatedly, and so through Moses, the Lord said:
Deuteronomy 32:16 They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols. 17 They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—
gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear.
18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.19 The Lord saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters.20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be;for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.
21 They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols.
I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
When Israel got to the Promised Land, their attitude of worship did not change, in a bid to please God, they multiplied the laws given to them into many mini-laws, and had a law for each sin. This became a burden to the people as they could not keep the many laws without a pure faith in God, and so the Lord declared
Isaiah 29 13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
Isaiah 2810 For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there.”
11Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,
12 to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose” but they would not listen.
13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there—
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.
Prophet after prophet, Israel did not change their attitude of worship nor regard a relation with God based on believe/faith. Therefore, The Lord fulfilled His Word; He would speak to Israel through another people Who had no understanding of the Laws, a people with a foreign and strange tongue. He rejected Israel and chose Mount Zion as the new nation through whom He would bring salvation to Israel, as the psalmist says;
Psalms 78 55 He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
56 But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High;
they did not keep his statutes.57 Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless,
as unreliable as a faulty bow. 58 They angered him with their high places;
they aroused his jealousy with their idols. 59 When God heard them, he was furious;
he rejected Israel completely.
61 He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy. 62 He gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance.
63 Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs;
64 their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep. 65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever
And so the Lord said: Isaiah 65:2-5, 1
Regarding Israel, God said: 2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—
3 a people who continually provoke me to my very face,
offering sacrifices in gardens
and burning incense on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
5 who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me, for I am too sacred for you!’
Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that keeps burning all day
And of Zion He says: Isaiah 65:5 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.
Psalms 132:11-1813 For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 “This is my resting place forever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. 15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.
And so the Lord chose Zion as His dwelling place and the dwelling place of His Name Jesus Christ. He put Jesus Christ the foundation stone of the church in Zion as He had spoken through Isaiah,
Isaiah 28 16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
Christ is the Precious cornerstone and foundation of the church. The Church is.. Ephesians 2:20-21 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
The Lord Loves Israel and would not let them perish. He chose Zion so that through a nation that had no understanding of the law, He would teach Israel what was important. Zion did not understanding the laws of The Living God, but they believed in The Maker of Heaven and Earth, and because of their believe, God gifted them with righteousness. Through Zion, Israel would learn, Faith in God resulted in righteousness.
Paul confirms the choosing of Zion Romans 10 19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”
20 And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.
It is important to note that Zion was called for the sake of Israel. The main mission of the nation of Zion and the church as a whole is to be the watchmen of Israel and help Israel spiritually in the times ahead. The people of Zion must not keep silent nor give God peace, but must pray for Israel until God restores her and her people.
Many remain bblind and deaf to the Message of salvation in Jesus Christ, it is the divine mission of the church to take to Israel the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Zion having understood the times must therefore watch out praying for Israel as it is written;
Psalms 14:7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
Isaiah 45:4-6 4For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me. 5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
Isaiah 62:2-4,6-72 The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah
for the Lord will take delight in you,
The nation of Zion believed God in the past age before Jesus Christ died on the cross
Though Zion refers to the church as a whole, those of the physical place of Zion, the nation that was chosen to make Israel envious knew God in ancient times. In those days, they were not known by Israel or Abraham, the Lord had chosen them as the nation that He would use to speak to Israel. The Lord revealed Himself to the people of Zion and thus making them His very own people. However sin drove them away from God’s presence and they have been left in ruins and desolation ever since, The prayers of Zion for restoration are recorded;
Psalms 74 O God, why have you rejected us forever?
Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember the nation you purchased long ago,
the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed—
Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,
all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.
4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name
Isaiah 63 15 Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.
16 But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us
or Israel acknowledge us; you, Lord, are our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 Why, Lord, do you make us wander from your ways
and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?
Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance.
18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place,but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them,
they have not been called by your name.
Psalms 85 Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation.
The chosen nation that would make Israel envious has remained in ruins and desolation because they sinned against the Lord. As the end of this age nears and Israel’s final redemption draws near, this nation will be revealed. Mount Zion will be revealed as the nation of the new covenant, the place that the Lord chose as the dwelling place of His Name of Jesus Christ.
Mount Zion is the dwelling place of God’s name, Jesus Christ, this was confirmed when God put Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone in Zion. Though Jesus Christ came as a son of God, This was not to show us the relationship He Has with The Father God. Jesus Christ is God, and part of the Holy Trinity. Man was created in the image of God having three essences, The Soul, The Spirit and the Body. And Just like man who was created in His image, God exists in three essences. And just like man is not referred to three because of the three that form Him, God is not divided into three but He is One God. Jesus Christ is the Physical essence of God, as the Word of God. He came as the son, not to show the relationship He Has with God, but to show men the relationship He was calling them into, as sons of the Living God, and so John says, as many as received Him, He gave them the right to be called ‘sons of the Living God. Jesus Christ spoke of His Name confirming, it is God’s Name;
John 17 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
At the revelation of Zion, the Blood of Jesus Christ will set creation free from bondage and thus restore Mount Zion into the Garden of Eden as a sign for all men on earth in this age that all that is written about Jesus Christ is True. He is the Eternal Light and Word of Truth. Through Him, (through The Word Of God) all things were created, those seen and unseen. He Was at the beginning, and to the very end He will be, as John wrote;
John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
Collossians 1:16 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
At the start of the events of the first seal, Jesus Christ Who is the conqueror on the white horse will match out in Victory, preparing the church for the second coming in calling all the gentile saints into the fold. In those preparations, the Holy Spirit will guide Zion into repentance, the nation of Zion will cry out to God;
Psalms 102 ..You, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. 13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. 14 For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity. 15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. 16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. 17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.
18 Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: 19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord.
In His Mercy and Love, The Lord will reply to the people of Zion;
Isaiah 1 26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” 27 Zion will be delivered with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.
Isaiah 54: 7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer
Isaiah 49:14–14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away 13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
The nation of Zion was chosen in ancient times, the knowledge and understanding of the prophecies about them as a nation however remained hidden in the ages past because their time of fulfillment had not come. And, the name Zion was often thought to refer to the place in Israel (Jerusalem) that belonged to the Jebusites before King David conquered them and took over Jerusalem and called Zion, the city of David, as recorded in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.
2 Samuel 5:6-7,9 6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.
After God chose Zion and the clan of Judah, having rejected Israel, as written in Psalms 78:67 67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; 68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved. The name Mount Zion was used in prophetic writing to refer to the gentile nation chosen by God as the nation through Whom God would speak to Israel and the nation that would make Israel envious of their chosen position.
It is important to note that Mount Zion refers to; the nation of the new covenant which was chosen to be the dwelling place of the Name of God Jesus Christ, AND the Whole church, the gentile population saved and redeemed by the blood of the new covenant. At the end of this age, when this number of gentile saints is complete, all the saints will be called back to the physical Zion, for it’s in Zion that the full number of gentile saints sealed will be gathered to be counted as complete. Paul saw the saints gathered in Zion in those days, having received revelations regarding Zion the city of the Living God, Paul wrote;
Hebrews 12 22 … you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
And so, the name, Zion, is no longer used to mean the city of David in Jerusalem only, but the name Zion is used in prophetic scriptures to symbolize the gentile church and the nation that would make Israel envious, the place that will be the City of God’s festivals in the new age as Jerusalem remains The Lord’s throne.
In conclusion, in the days of Moses, God spoke of a gentile nation that had no understanding, yet God would use them to make Israel envious of their chosen position. In the days of Isaiah, the Lord chose Zion as His dwelling place and the dwelling place of His Name Jesus Christ. He put Jesus Christ the cornerstone of the church in Zion and revealed Himself to the people of Zion.
Although He had chosen Zion for the sake of Israel, the people of Zion sinned and thus were left in ruins and desolation until the end of this age at the re-unsealing of the first seal. The physical place of Zion will be revealed and through the blood of Jesus Christ, Mount Zion will be restored in preparation of the church for the second coming.
The people of Zion as a nation were chosen and acknowledged God in ancient times. When Jesus Christ came to dwell among men, Zion became the name for all those who accept Jesus Christ and are redeemed by His blood, and thus, spiritually, Zion refers to the whole gentile church. The Physical place of Zion remains the dwelling place of the Name Jesus Christ and a place for the redeemed. At the end of the first seal, just before the time of wrath as the second seal starts, all saints will be called back to the physical place of Zion to mark the fullness of the gentile saints.
Romans 8 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.