Again, the chapter and verse divisions of the Bible are somewhat modern inventions. And, those divisions were made by people that probably were not in a saving relationship with God. And, when you see the first verse of this chapter, you’ll see that we aren’t done with the prophecy that began in chapter 11. But, the tone is very different, so you can see why it was made a separate chapter.
Isaiah 12 is short, so let’s just look at the whole thing at once:
1 And in that day you will say:
“O Lord, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
5 Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
Okay, so THAT is the landmark that we are looking for – the salvation of Israel. The children of Jacob repent of their sins and turn towards God.
Now, look at verse six…
Where is Zion?
Zion is ALWAYS Jerusalem. ALWAYS.
But what does it mean when the Holy One is in the midst of Zion?
This makes Isaiah 12 sound like the millennium. Yes, it’s true that Jesus, The Holy One, is in our midst when we gather together in His name. But, we MUST be careful about spiritualizing something that God meant to be literal and exact.
So, we find an interesting forest of question marks in our journey. But, I’m betting that we’ll see more clarity as we move on.
In a previous version of this website/book, I had included Isaiah 13. It’s all about the destruction of Babylon (Iraq) – a destruction that has not happened. BUT, that chapter does NOT include the one landmark that ties our story together:
The salvation of the children of Jacob.
So, as interesting as Isaiah 13 is… I must take it out. But, feel free to read it for yourself, here:
Please remember that Babylon was never destroyed ‘as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah’ – verse 19. So, this prophecy is coming. But, there’s a reason to at least mention this. And, we find it in Isaiah 14.
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