Prophecies on Mount Zion remained a mystery in the past because the time of their fulfillment had not come. The other reason why Bible prophecy students did not understand these prophecies was because many assumed Zion meant Jerusalem. The Name Zion referred to Jerusalem when the Jebusites lived there. At the end of this age, when Zion has been restored into Eden, when a righteous king rises in Zion, and when the Holy Spirit Has been poured in Zion, Then the prophecies of Zion will be well understood.
- Why the prophecies of Mount Zion remained a mystery in the past;
Ephesians 3:9… this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His 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.
Prophecies on Mount Zion remained a mystery in the past because the time of their fulfillment had not come. The other reason why Bible prophecy students did not understand these prophecies was because many assumed Zion meant Jerusalem. The Name Zion referred to Jerusalem when the Jebusites lived there.
When The children of Israel got to the promised land, the clans of Benjamin were given the land of the Jebusites. Joshua 18:20-28. Though The men of Judah defeated Jerusalem, The Benjamites did not drive the Jebusites until the time of king David.
Joshua 18: 21 The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns:…28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages.
Judges 1: 8 The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.21 The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.
King David defeated the Jebusites in 2nd Samuel 5, and 1 chronicles 11 and named Zion the city of David
1 chronicles 11: 4 David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there 5 said to David, “You will not get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
7 David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David. 8 He built up the city around it, from the terraces to the surrounding wall, …
Thus, though the Name Zion initially referred to Jerusalem in the days of the Jebusites, Mount Zion was later used as a name for the people God chose as a nation that would make Israel envious. And later, when Jesus Christ came, the Name was used to refer to all the church or the redeemed.
2. When will the prophecies about Zion will be fully understood
Although some will understand these prophecies, the full revelation of Zion will be hidden from many until some conditions are fulfilled as it was written;
Isaiah 29:11-12 Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless;
be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer.
10 The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets);
he has covered your heads (the seers).
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
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
The messages will be fully understood by the people of Zion and the nations when the following happen:
When God raises a government of righteousness and justice
Isaiah 32:1-4 1See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. 2 Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The fearful heart will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
When the Spirit is poured upon us:
The pouring of the Holy Spirit as written in the book of Joel
Isaiah 32:15-17 15till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever
And until Mount Zion’s Physical restoration into the Garden of Eden
Isaiah 29:17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
23When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.”