The LORD Proclaims the Deliverance of Zion


In this way, the day of the Lord is also the primary unifying reality of the Scriptures. The Old and New Testaments speak the same message because they end in the same event. Consequently they hold to “the same hope” (Acts 24: 15, NIV). They look forward to the same “new heavens and new earth.” They believe in the same “resurrection of the dead.” They expect the same “glory,” the same “salvation,” the same “inheritance,” the same “kingdom,” etc. The New Testament simply asserts that the Messiah had to suffer before entering his eschatological glory (cf. Luke 24: 26; Acts 17: 3; 1 Peter 1: 11), bearing sin before bringing salvation (cf. Acts 3: 18– 21; Heb. 9: 28), being set forward as a propitiation before the day of wrath (cf. Rom. 3: 25; 1 John 2: 2), providing justification in anticipation of the day of judgment (cf. Rom. 5: 9; Titus 3: 7), and offering redemption in light of the day of recompense (cf. Eph. 1: 7; Col. 1: 14). – John P. Harrigan, The Gospel of Christ Crucified: A Theology of Suffering before Glory

The LORD will deliver Zion from captivity…

Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His fury; You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, and drained it out. 18 There is no one to guide her among all the sons she has brought forth; nor is there any who takes her by the hand among all the sons she has brought up. 19 These two things have come to you; who will be sorry for you?— Desolation and destruction, famine and sword— by whom will I comfort you? 20 Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, like an antelope in a net; they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of your God (Isaiah 51:17-20 NKJV).

At the Battle of Armageddon, the Antichrist will attempt to annihilate the Jews.  As there was no one to help Israel during the times of the Babylonian siege, neither will there be anyone to help during the time of the Battle of Armageddon when it seems that every nation in the world will either side with the Antichrist or remain neutral.  There will only be One Who can comfort Israel—the Messiah Jesus—and He will do just that at His Second Coming.  Only when Israel is destitute, trapped like an “antelope in a net,” panting, exhausted, and incapable of the least resistance, will her finally turn to the LORD.

Therefore please hear this, you afflicted, and drunk but not with wine. 22 Thus says your Lord, the Lord and your God, Who pleads the cause of His people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of My fury; you shall no longer drink it. 23 But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and as the street, for those who walk over” (Isaiah 51:21-23 NKJV).

Rebellion against God has such an effect upon individuals that it is as if they are drunk, even when they have not taken any intoxicating beverage.  But when the Messiah rescues Israel, He will take the “cup of trembling” from her hands that she “shall no longer drink it.”  Then Antichrist will make his boasts that he is going to so completely destroy Israel that nothing will be left, but his “certain victory” will be turned into “certain defeat” by the return of the Messiah, the Savior of Israel.

Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! (Isaiah 52:1-2 NKJV).

When the Messiah Returns, Jerusalem will no more be a contested city.  It will then be what its name means, “Peace.”

For thus says the Lord: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail,” says the Lord, “And My name is blasphemed continually every day. Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I’” (Isaiah 52:3-6 NKJV).

The Antichrist will seek to once and for all destroy Israel, but will instead be destroyed himself by the Messiah.  It will be the day that the LORD speaks, and He says, “Behold, it is I!”

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion (Isaiah 52:7-8 NKJV).

The “feet” of the Messiah are “beautiful.”  And only He “brings good tidings” and “proclaims peace” and “publishes Salvation.”  When He comes, the entirety of the world will say, “Your God reigns!”

The LORD reigns; let the Earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof (Psalm 97:1 KJV).

As they see Him coming, “watchmen” will proclaim His Coming with gladness of heart and a cry of triumph.  It will not be an apparition, but a Coming visible to all, and even “eye to eye” with the watchmen.

Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God (Isaiah 52:9-10 NKJV).

The struggle has always been between Satan’s city, “Babylon,” and God’s city, “Jerusalem.”  At the Second Coming, Babylon is now destroyed, and “Jerusalem” is redeemed from the hands of the enemy, never again to fall into such a state.

Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. 12 For you 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 rear guard. 13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high (Isaiah 52:11-13 NKJV).

When Israel forsook Babylon at the end of their 70 years of captivity, they did not need to flee, “go out with haste,” for the way was prepared for them.  So well, the LORD was their “rear guard.”

Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider (Isaiah 52:14-16 NKJV).

This Prophecy predicts the sufferings of the Messiah in His First Advent, and the glories that shall follow in His Second.  Isaiah seems to sit at the foot of the Cross of Calvary and view the Redeemer as hung upon the accursed tree.  Just as the Messiah astonished men by the humiliation of His First Advent, so will He astonish them by the Glory of His Second.

Of which Salvation the Prophets have enquired and searched diligently.  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the Glory that should follow.  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did Minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them who have Preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from Heaven; which things the Angels desire to look into (I Peter 1:10-12 KJV).