Don’t make me come to Zion, for I will come in my great grandfather’s ship.Why do I see our eagle, and the SEAL of the office of the President of the United States on this FAKE coin. The United States Mint did not mint this religious coin.
Jesus turned over the money-changers tables, and drove off the animals of sacrifice, lest they be brought to The Altar of Lord for sacrifice. They were unclean because foreign coins were exchanged for a Hebrew coin with the FACE of a Edomite King on it. The Edomites were ruled non-Jews. They were not kosher!
Jesus, like John the Baptist before him, challenged the right for the Herodians to sit on the throne of David. This is why they murdered John – and Jesus! The Herodians were charging an interest on these coins to pay for the temple – and turn a huge profit. This is why Herod built it. Does my theory make sense to you? Was Cyrus collecting an interest off – the other temples he allowed to be rebuilt? Lately, my theories are being changed into – The Word of God!
Follow the money trail! And, that’s the name of that tune!
“The center will mint 1,000 coins, each of which can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50. The coins are purely commemorative, so will not be swapped for Make America Great Again hats anytime soon.
The Temple Coin will also bear the name of Arthur Balfour. He is known for the 1917 Balfour Declaration that announced the British government’s support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in the area of present-day Israel.
Mikdash, which says it is a non-profit educational and religious organization, claimed the donations will “help spread the light of Jerusalem and the spirit of the Holy Temple throughout the world.”
Is Donald Trump a King? Is he the King of America? How many Jews are there in Israel? Thirty million! That is the population of New York. Did not King Cyrsus’ father conquer Judea. Did Trump conquer Israel. Why is there a referral to Isaiah on this coin. This passage in the Torah is saying gentles will come to Jedea to worship The Lord. Is this Lord-Jesus? Is Jesus – The Lord? Are you talking about the God of the Jews before Jesus was born? Is Isaiah saying Gentiles all over the world will convert to Judaism? Did Jesus get permission from The Lord to modify this plan, that failed, because Emperor Vespasain burned down Herod’s temple. And he took the Minorah home with him to Rome.
And, that is the name of that tune! What is the punishment for being a false prophet?
Did not Herod put an eagle on the gate of his temple? Did not Caligula threaten to put a naked statue of himself in the Holy of Holies? Did not Messiah-Cyris found the first World Order by allowing the nations he conquered to keep their – slightly altered religions? Did Cyrus send a prophet that foretold Gentiles will come to the temple to worship – The Lord?
Why isn’t duly elected President Truman on this coin? Seventy years ago he gave his stamp of approval for the Jews to found the National of Israel?
Don’t make me come to Zion with a large net: for I will catch that orange lunatic in it, and put him in a straight jacket!
“Time to come home, Donald, and be the best President you know how. For, no uterus of a Queen dilated – and spew you out! And, I’ll take good care of our National Seal until you come back into you body, and own some good sense! No, you did not rebuild a temple. You just approved of the building of a United States Embassy! Time to fight OUR countries battles!”
Jon ‘The Nazarite’
Isaiah Chapter 60
Verses 1-12: Isaiah foresees a time when Israel will arise out of her “darkness” and “shine” with God’s glory. Then the “Gentiles shall come” to her light. Thus the “sons of strangers” described in this chapter, will come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.
Now the king had put up a golden eagle over the great gate of the temple, which these learned men exhorted them to cut down; and told them, that if there should any danger arise, it was a glorious thing to die for the laws of their country; because that the soul was immortal, and that an eternal enjoyment of happiness did await such as died on that account; while the mean-spirited, and those that were not wise enough to show a right love of their souls, preferred a death by a disease, before that which is the result of a virtuous behavior.
Cyrus the Great respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered. This became a very successful model for centralized administration and establishing a government working to the advantage and profit of its subjects. In fact, the administration of the empire through satraps and the vital principle of forming a government at Pasargadae were the works of Cyrus. What is sometimes referred to as the Edict of Restoration (actually two edicts) described in the Bible as being made by Cyrus the Great left a lasting legacy on the Jewish religion, where, because of his policies in Babylonia, he is referred to by the Jewish Bible as messiah (lit. “His anointed one”) (Isaiah 45:1), and is the only non-Jewish figure in the Bible to be called so.
A new book takes back the credit the Zionists gave Harry Truman, because he was the President of a Democracy, and not the ‘King of Kings’ a title given to Cryus the Great whom Harry was compared to by Rabbi Herzog. Today, there is no mention of Herzog’s meeting with Truamn on wikipedia.“What really distinguished Truman from Cyrus, however, is that he was not an absolute monarch but a democratic politician; and A Safe Haven offers an expert case study of just how complicated, and unedifying, policy-making in a democracy can be.”
This is an astounding statement because Evangelical Zionists are trying to turn our Democracy into their church – with the backing of Jewish Zionists! Both Zionists want to see the boundaries of Israel restored to the glory of King David’s Kingdom. They want Israel to BE A KINGDOM! The evangelical cosmology calls for this – and the rebuilding of the Temple so Jesus will return and destroy most of the SECULAR WORLD! The Zionist’s group are rewriting world history before our eyes – with Newt Gingrich’s help. I saw this coming twenty four years ago and knew ALL THE DEMOCRACIES OF THE WORLD needed a differing opinion – if it only come from one mans! For this reason I will never be a “Parasite” as some have claimed!
It is clear Truman understood his actions were prophetic. Did he know he would be stepping on the Zionist’s toes? Surely his actions in 1946 have thrown a monkey wrench in the false prophecies of the evangelicals who follow John Darby, a nut who invented a new relgion in 1840.
We must keep both Zionist’s group out of Democratic Government!
Jon the Nazarite Judge
In 1949, a year after the state of Israel was created, its Chief Rabbi visited President Harry Truman in Washington. Isaac Halevi Herzog told Truman that his role in helping the Jewish state achieve its independence was not just a matter of politics and diplomacy; it was a divine mission. “When the President was still in his mother’s womb,” Herzog said, “the Lord had bestowed upon him the mission of helping his Chosen People at a time of despair and aiding in the fulfillment of His promise of Return to the Holy Land.” Truman was a 20th-century version of King Cyrus of Persia, who had permitted the Israelites to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem in the 6th century B.C.E.: “he had been given the task once fulfilled by the mighty king of Persia, and that he too, like Cyrus, would occupy a place of honor in the annals of the Jewish people.”
To Truman–a former haberdasher turned machine politician, and an accidental president who came to office in the giant shadow of Franklin Roosevelt–this kind of praise was more than welcome. As a believing Baptist, who had read the Bible “at least a dozen times” by the age of fifteen, he appreciated how momentous a role he had played in the history of the Jewish people. Yet as Allis and Ronald Radosh make clear in their highly detailed and illuminating new history, A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel, the comparison with Cyrus–while an adept piece of flattery–doesn’t really hold up.
For one thing, unlike the Persian emperor, Truman did not have Palestine to give. Between 1918, when the British took the province from the Ottoman Empire, and 1948, when they precipitously abandoned it, Palestine was a British colony. Originally, with the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British promised to create a “national home for the Jewish people” in the ancient Jewish land. But it soon became clear that the British Empire, which ruled hundreds of millions of Muslims in the Middle East and India, would not defy the wishes of Arab leaders, who were totally opposed to any Jewish presence. With the White Paper of 1939, the British effectively closed Palestine to Jewish immigration just at the moment when the need for a refuge from Hitler was greatest. By the time the Second World War ended, the Jewish population of the Yishuv was deeply resentful of Britain, and an extreme faction–the Irgun and the Stern Gang–had turned to vicious acts of terrorism against the occupiers.
What really distinguished Truman from Cyrus, however, is that he was not an absolute monarch but a democratic politician; and A Safe Haven offers an expert case study of just how complicated, and unedifying, policy-making in a democracy can be. The Truman White House is the focus of the Radoshes’ history, but they make clear that Truman was by no means master in that house. From 1945 to 1948, the president was the target of a non-stop barrage of advice, demands, reports, committees, and bare-knuckle political threats, all seeking to influence his policy on Palestine.
Moderate American Zionists like Stephen Wise, who hoped to use quiet influence with the President, fought with more aggressive ones like Abba Hillel Silver, who publicly criticized Truman’s heel-dragging. Pro-Zionist White House aides, such as Clark Clifford and FDR’s old confidant Samuel Rosenman, fought with the State Department’s Near East experts, such as Loy Henderson, who feared the consequences of antagonizing the Arab world. Lurking in the background, as always, were the cold calculations of electoral politics. Truman was a weak Democratic incumbent, and his challenger in 1948 was the Republican governor of New York, Thomas Dewey. Without the support of New York’s Jewish voters, there was no way Truman could carry that important state.
Truman’s own feelings towards the Zionist cause were basically positive. As a Senator, he had been a member of the American Palestine Committee, a Christian Zionist group, and even lent his name to the Committee for a Jewish Army, a Revisionist-inspired movement that called for arming the world’s Jews against Hitler. The revelation of the Nazi concentration camps, and the plight of the Jewish survivors languishing in Displaced Persons camps, further fueled his commitment.
Nor, the Radoshes make clear, should the influence of his close friendship with Eddie Jacobson–his old army buddy and business partner in Kansas City–be discounted. Jacobson, who had free access to the White House, helped lobby Truman for the Zionist cause, even arranging a crucial meeting with Chaim Weizmann. Truman’s affection for Jacobson is moving: “Eddie was one of those men that you read about in the Torah,” Truman said after his friend’s death. “If you read the articles in Genesis concerning two just men [Enoch and Noah] you’ll find those descriptions will fit Eddie Jacobson to the dot.” Yet there is something archaic, and discomfiting, about the way Truman let his view of the Jews be influenced by his opinion of this one Jew. The days when the Jews had to use court figures to intervene with powerful rulers are, one would hope, behind us.
Truman’s pro-Zionist outlook, however, did not amount to a firm commitment; at best, it helped to drive the halting evolution of America’s Palestine policy. In the summer of 1945, Truman commissioned the Harrison Report on the condition of Jewish refugees in Europe. It painted a dire picture, and urged that Britain immediately permit 100,000 Jews to immigrate to Palestine. Ernest Bevin, the British Foreign Secretary, refused to throw open the doors, suggesting instead that a joint Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry look into the Palestine problem.
This committee, contrary to expectations, endorsed the figure of 100,000 new immigrants, placing the British government in an unpleasant spot. Bevin did not win any friends among American Jews with a speech in which he suggested that the Americans supported sending Jews to Palestine because “they did not want too many Jews in New York.” This was, of course, true–at no time during the whole debate did Truman suggest opening America’s borders to the Jewish refugees–but it was one of the truths it is impolite to speak aloud.
As Jewish terrorism in Palestine provoked a British crackdown, and Jewish-Arab tensions increased, the British punted the question over to the newly established United Nations, still meeting in temporary quarters on Long Island. Now a third commission took over–UNSCOP, the UN Special Commission on Palestine, which made its own investigation. As the Radoshes show, the Jews of Palestine worked hard to sway the committee, while the Arabs refused on principle to cooperate with it—one of many examples, down to the present day, of the folly of Arab rejectionism. The Jewish cause was helped by the notorious Exodus affair, when the British used violence to intercept a ship carrying Jewish refugees to Haifa. It so happened that the chairman of UNSCOP was in Haifa at the time, and was looking on as the desperate refugees were arrested. According to Aubrey (later Abba) Eban, the British Zionist, “I had a feeling that the British Mandate died that day.”
The UNSCOP report endorsed the partition of Palestine into two states, Jewish and Arab. The debate over partition went down to the wire, with well-funded Arab groups fighting against it, and Zionist activists—including The Nation magazine and its editor, Freda Kirchwey—lobbying hard for it. Oddly, though Truman had endorsed partition, in a message cleverly timed for Yom Kippur 1946, the U.S. government was lackadaisical about lining up allies for the actual vote. Even when partition was accepted, in November 1947, the State Department worked hard to overturn it. On March 19, 1948, less than two months before the British Mandate was to expire, the American Ambassador to the U.N. delivered a speech proposing that partition be put off indefinitely, and Palestine returned to a trusteeship. The Radoshes show that Truman was blindsided by this speech, which he believed was a State Department attempt to torpedo his policy. The whole episode is a surprising lesson in the sharp limits to even a President’s actual power.
Truman got his own back, however, on May 14, 1948. At 6 o’clock in the evening, Washington time, David Ben-Gurion declared the State of Israel in Tel Aviv; 11 minutes later, President Truman officially recognized the new state, giving an immeasurable boost to its confidence and international standing. Truman took this step against the vocal opposition of his powerful Secretary of State, General George Marshall, and it was his single greatest contribution to the birth of Israel.
But it was, significantly, a response to a fait accompli. America did not create the Jewish state, or defend it in the war of independence that immediately followed its creation. At most, the Radoshes demonstrate, Truman’s sympathy was a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for the creation of Israel. As Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader who became Israel’s first president, said after the Balfour Declaration: “Even if all the governments of the world gave us a country it would be a gift of words, but if the Jewish people will go and build Palestine, the Jewish state will become a reality and a fact.”
During the first years of World War II, the British put out the white paper of 1939. After leading a procession through the streets of Jerusalem, with an unusually united Jewish following from all sects, on the steps of the Hurva Synagogue he turned and said: We can not agree to the white book. Just as the prophets did before me, I hereby rip it in two. About 50 year’s later, in the 1980’s president Herzog repeated his father’s gesture with the UN resolution that Zionism is equal to racism.
During the second world war, he traveled with great risk to US, and back, not before he was able to secure a meeting with Roosevelt. Roosevelt smiled and did not reply to the Rabbi’s pleadings for a promise to help the Jews of Europe. His biographer records that several people noticed that his hair turned white when he left the meeting, which he perceived as a failure. Following this, he immediately returned home, missing the ride on a ship that was sunk by a U-boat, and taking what was said to be the last civilian ship to cross the Atlantic during the war.
After the war, Rabbi Herzog dedicated himself to saving Jewish children especially babies and bringing them back from their places hiding throughout all of Europe, to their families or to Jewish orphanages. Many of these were hidden in Christian monasteries or by Christian families, and refused to return them. In his biography, he tells of the difficulties he had of meeting the Pope who avoided him, but did receive in the end assistance from the Vatican. In later years it was found that Pope John Paul was the contact who helped the rabbi out. However, defenders of Pope Pius XII have asserted that Herzog had maintained friendly relations with the pontiff during and after the WW2. In 1945, he stated: “The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world.” 
Rabbi Herzog’s descendants have continued to be active in Israel’s political life. Chaim Herzog, the rabbi’s son, was a general in the Israel Defense Forces and later became president of Israel. His son Yaacov Herzog was an influential figure in Israeli politics between 1948 and his untimely death in 1972. During that period he served as Israel’s ambassador to Canada and later as Director General of the office of Prime Minister. He also accepted an offer to become Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth but due to ill health never took up that role. Currently, his grandson Isaac Herzog is a member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and the country’s minister of welfare. He has previously served as housing and tourism minister.
“Conclusion: The Verdict of History”
Polowetzky, Michael, Jerusalem recovered : Victorian intellectuals and the birth of Modern Zionism, Westport (Conn.): Praeger, 1995, Moshe Davis has left us record of a visit which Harry Truman made a few months after the end of his Presidency to the Jewish Theological Seminary, together with Truman’s friend, Eddie Jacobson. Jacobson introduced Harry Truman to the professors: ‘This is the man who helped create the State of Israel’, but Truman corrected him: ‘What do you mean “helped to create”? I am Cyrus. I am Cyrus.’ It seems that the analogy to Cyrus had already been suggested to President Truman by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Isaac Halevi Herzog, on the occasion of a visit to him in the White House early in 1949. The rabbi went on to assert: ‘God put you in your mother’s womb so you would be the instrument to bring about Israel’s rebirth after two thousand years.’ We are told by a witness that, ‘On hearing these words, Truman rose from his chair and, with great emotion, tears glistening in his eyes, he turned to the Chief Rabbi and asked him if his actions for the sake of the Jewish people were indeed to be interpreted thus and the hand of the Almighty was in the matter’.
These words of Truman’s – ‘I am Cyrus’ – were uttered neither casually nor ironically. We must take them with the fullest seriousness, and when we do, we will have the key to understanding Truman’s constant pro-Zionism.
Verses 1-2: Glory of the Lord … darkness … gross darkness”: Addressing Zion (59:20; 60:14), Isaiah told the city and thus the nation Israel that her light has come, putting her in contrast with the rest of the darkened world. This expressed the glory of Jerusalem during the millennial kingdom.
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”
Where there seemed to be no hope, suddenly hope arrives in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Messiah to the Jews). He is the Light of the world. This is a call to action. Don’t sit and fret, rise up. The word “shine” is explained more fully in the following verse.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Christians have the Light of Jesus within them.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
His Light shines from us. We cannot produce light. The light that shines from us is the Light of Jesus dwelling within us. We are a container for the Light of the LORD. This is the same Light that is in each of the seven churches of Revelation. This light is not just to do away with darkness, but to light our spirit, as well.
Isaiah 60:2 “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
Darkness symbolizes evil. This darkness was both spiritual and physical. The darkness here, is similar to the darkness that was over Egypt. It was so dark; you could actually feel the darkness. The darkness was not in the homes of God’s people, even though the land was covered in darkness.
God’s people will have the Light of the Lord Jesus shining upon them in the midst of the great darkness. Sometimes the only light there is, is the Light of Jesus that the Christian shines forth.
Luke 2:9 “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.”
This is speaking of the appearance of Jesus into the world.
Isaiah 60:3 “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
“Gentiles shall come”: Jerusalem’s light will attract other nations seeking relief from their darkness (2:3). Only believing Jews and Gentiles will enter the earthly kingdom after the Day of the Lord, but as the 1,000 years goes along, children will be born and nations will become populated by those who reject Jesus Christ. The glory of the King in Jerusalem, and His mighty power, will draw those Gentiles to His light.
The Gentiles were in the greatest darkness at the time of the appearing of Jesus Christ. They had never had any portion with God up until this time. The Law of Moses had lightened the Jews somewhat. They had not understood the law, and had not received full benefit of the light the law had brought.
The great Light, the source of all Light, is Jesus. We discussed in a previous lesson, that the Gentiles accepted Jesus more readily than the Jews did. On a large scale, the Jews rejected Jesus. The wise men came and recognized Jesus at His birth. All mankind was affected by the Light.
John 1:9 “[That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
Isaiah 60:4 “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at [thy] side.”
“Gather … sons … daughters”: Another promise of the regathering of Israel’s faithful remnant (49:18, 22).
All, who accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord, are adopted into the family of God. We become sons of God.
1 John 3:1-2 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Jesus had a great following of men and women, when He ministered on the earth. Today, He has an even greater following.
Isaiah 60:5 “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.”
“Enlarged … forces”: Enlarged means rejoice; forces mean wealth. Two more benefits of Israel’s future kingdom will be rejoicing and an abundance of material possessions as symbolized (in verses 6-7; 23:18; 24:14; 61:6).
The heart shall fear means it will beat rapidly with excitement. The “sea” indicates large numbers of people. We see that large numbers of people will be converted to Christianity.
The early church was founded by the converted Jews, but as the church grew, it was mostly comprised of Gentiles.
Isaiah 60:6 “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.”
“Midian … Ephah … Sheba”: The descendants of Midian, Abraham’s son through Keturah (Gen. 25:1-2), inhabited the desert areas east of the Jordan River. Ephah was one of the sons of Midian (Gen. 25:4), whose descendants settled on the East coast of the Elanitic Gulf. Sheba was a district in Arabia noted for its wealth (1 Kings 10:1-2).
There are two ways to look at this Scripture. In the literal sense, there were caravans of camels which brought great wealth into Jerusalem. This could also be speaking of the wise men, bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.
We do not know exactly how much of the gold, frankincense, and myrrh they brought. They came a great distance, so they could have had camels to carry themselves and their gifts.
Matthew 2:1 “Now when Jesus was born in Beth-lehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,”
They came to praise and worship this King of the Jews.
Isaiah 60:7 “All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.”
“Kedar … Nebaioth”: The descendants of Kedar, a son of Ishmael (Gen. 25:13), lived in the desert between Syria and Mesopotamia. The Nabateans, inhabitants of the Arabian city Petra, were probably the descendants of Nebaioth, the oldest son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13).
Acceptance on mine altar”: Animal sacrifices brought by other nations during the millennial kingdom will glorify the house of God’s glory even more (verse 13).
The house spoken of here, is the temple in Jerusalem. It was restored, and people from everywhere brought cattle, rams, etc., as gifts to the temple.
Isaiah 60:8 “Who [are] these [that] fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?”
“Fly as a cloud … doves”: Figurative language to describe the rapid influx of Gentiles into Jerusalem.
“Doves” are messenger carriers. When they have delivered their message, they go back to their nests. It appears there were windows they could go into to get to their nests. Israel had wandered away, but they always came back home like these doves did.
Isaiah 60:9 “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.”
“Isles … ships of Tarshish … thy sons … silver … gold”: Because of the Lord’s favor toward Zion, the city will attract worldwide attention (23:1; 41:1). Trading vessels will return Israel’s faithful remnant as they bring rich treasures to Jerusalem.
There have always been people who desired to go to the Promised Land. People today take guided tours of the holy city Jerusalem. The fact that they came by ship, indicates a long way from Jerusalem. Jews made a pilgrimage three times a year to Jerusalem to keep the feast days.
This is more than that. This is speaking of people from around the world flowing to Jerusalem.
Revelation 15:4 “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
Isaiah 60:10 “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.”
“Build up thy walls”: The rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls, helped by Persian kings, was merely a foretaste of the final rebuilding of the city assisted by Gentiles when Christ returns to earth.
“In my wrath … in my favor”: God’s past dealings with Israel have been largely in wrath, but His future merciful work will demonstrate His favor.
Foreign rulers did send help to rebuild Jerusalem after it had been taken by Babylon. Cyrus actually was one of them who helped. God’s anger had been kindled against them, but they had repented, and God forgave them. God is full of mercy and grace.
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Isaiah 60:11 “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that [men] may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and [that] their kings [may be] brought.”
“Gates … open continually”: Unrestricted access to Jerusalem will prevail in the future kingdom (26:2; 62:10; Rev. 21:25-26).
The door to heaven is never closed. Jesus opened the way for us to the Father, when He shed His blood on the cross. Salvation is open to whosoever will.
The door had never been open for the Gentile, until Jesus opened the way. It matters not whether you are a king, or a slave, all come to Jesus through faith in Him.
Isaiah 60:12 “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, [those] nations shall be utterly wasted.”
“Nation … perish”: Survival in the future kingdom will be impossible for those nations who do not come to terms with Israel (11:13-14; 14:2; 49:23). The Lord will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:7-12).
There were blessings abundant to those who choose (of their own free will), to follow Jesus. On the other hand, those who reject Him will have the wrath of God poured out upon them.
Verses 13-22: The verses describe in detail the worship of the nations at Jerusalem where they will “bow themselves down” at the “city of the Lord.” In that day her “officers” (governors), will be “peace” and her “exactors” (magistrates or overseers), will be “righteousness.” Her walls will be “Salvation,” her gates will be “Praise”, and the whole city will be filled with the “brightness” of the glory of the Lord. See the similar description (in Revelation 21:33; 22:5).
Isaiah 60:13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.”
“Glory of Lebanon”: Timber was Lebanon’s claim to fame. As in Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 5:10, 18), but even more so, the timber taken from Lebanon’s forests will enrich the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem.
The cedars of Lebanon were known for their unusual beauty. God’s children will come from all nations and bring their offerings to God. The main beauty of the city, spoken of here, is it is the dwelling place of God. This is possibly speaking of the beauty of the temple, but it could also, speak of the believers in Christ.
How beautiful are the feet of him that bring good news. God’s real tabernacle is with His people.
Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.”
Isaiah 60:14 “The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”
“The city of the Lord”: Nations which formerly were oppressors of Israel will acknowledge Zion’s supremacy as the city that belongs to the Lord.
This is speaking of the time when Jesus and His followers will reign. We know there will come a time, when every knee will bow to the name of Jesus.
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;” “And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
The city of the Lord would be Jerusalem, or the believers in Christ. In this instance, it is calling Jesus that, as well. The Zion is probably speaking of the church. It would read the church of the Holy One of Israel. The Holy One is Jesus.
Isaiah 60:15 “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through [thee], I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.”
“Forsaken and hated … eternal excellency”: Jerusalem will switch roles from having been despised to being exalted forever.
This is speaking of Zion in the Scripture above, a city and a wife. Hosea calls her the adulterous wife, unfaithful to God. You can see why this would make God angry. God will restore her to the way it was at first, through His Son Jesus.
Isaiah 60:16 “Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD [am] thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.”
“Milk … breast”: As a mother feeds her infant, so Gentiles and kings will provide wealth and power to Zion. The city will recognize the Lord as her Savior and redeemer, “the Mighty One of Jacob,” as will “all flesh” (49:26).
The Gentiles are very prominent in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. It matters not if a person is a king, or a pauper, salvation is the same for all. Jesus Christ (Messiah), is Redeemer and LORD.
LORD here, is speaking of Jehovah. Jesus, in its extended form, means Jehovah Savior.
Isaiah 60:17 “For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.”
“Gold … silver … peace … righteousness”: Jerusalem in the future kingdom will be a place of beauty and peace where right will prevail.
“Brass” symbolizes judgment and “gold” symbolizes God. This then is saying, instead of judgment, we will receive God. Iron is cold and hard, but “silver” means redemption. The world is cold and hard, but Jesus brought us redemption.
Jesus is peace and righteousness. He establishes peace in His church. All believers in Christ receive the righteousness of Christ as a free gift when we are saved.
Isaiah 60:18 “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”
“Salvation … praise”: The walls and gates of the city that will take on those names refer to the divine protection the Lord provides from any form of violence or destruction.
We know there will be a time when men will beat their swords into plowshares. There will be perfect peace, because the King of peace will reign. Jesus is our wall of protection. His blood protects us from the enemy. He is Salvation and Praise.
The worst enemies of men were sin and death. Jesus defeated both of them. He defeated sin on the cross, and brought salvation to all mankind. All of the praise goes to Jesus.
Isaiah 60:19 “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”
“No more … thy light by day … everlasting light”: Isaiah, looking beyond the millennial kingdom, sees a view of the New Jerusalem following the Millennium (Rev. 21:33; 22:5). His prophetic perspective did not allow him to distinguish the eternal phase of the future kingdom from the temporal one. Just as the Old Testament prophets could not distinguish between the first and second advent of Christ (1 Pet. 1:10-11).
We know that in New Jerusalem there will be no need for the sun or the moon to give light.
Revelation 21:23 “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.”
This everlasting Light gives more than just physical light. His Light illuminates our thoughts and our minds. Jesus is the Light of the church. He is the Light of the world. He is the source of all Light giving everything the power to exist. To Him be glory, and honor, and praise.
Isaiah 60:20 “Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”
“Mourning shall be ended”: In the eternal kingdom of the new creation, subjects will shed no more tears (Rev. 21:4).
This is the time when God wipes all the tears from our eyes. There will be no need to mourn. It is time to receive the victory that Jesus purchased for us on the cross.
Revelation 21:4-5 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Isaiah 60:21 “Thy people also [shall be] all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.”
“Inherit the land for ever”: Israel will inherit the land promised to Abraham (Gen. 12:1, 7; 13:15; 15:18). During the millennial kingdom, that will be the land of Israel as we know it today. In the eternal kingdom, it will be the New Jerusalem, capital of the new creation. “I may be glorified”: The ultimate mission of Israel is to glorify the Lord (49:3; 61:3).
The covenant God made with Abraham was an everlasting covenant. God’s people are washed in the blood of the Lamb. They are righteous, because they have taken on the righteousness of Christ.
Isaiah 60:22 “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.”
“Small one … strong nation”: Israel’s great increase in numbers and power resulting from the Lord’s working will bring them into never before experienced world prominence.
There were a very small number of people who followed Jesus in the beginning, but now, they have grown into the millions. They are spoken of as the multitude that is beyond number.
The LORD is the central focus of Christianity. He brings this about, when He wishes. He will do a quick work, when the time comes.