The future glory of Jerusalem that prophet Isaiah saw (as recorded in Isaiah 60:) for the Kingdom of God is yet to materialize for the physical Israel. Isaiah prophesied that many nations of the world will bring silver and gold to honor the Lord our God, the Holy One of Israel. The prophecies: “Your gates will stay open day and night to receive the wealth of many lands. The kings of the world will be held as captives in a victory procession. For the nations that refuse to serve you will be destroyed.” “I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end.” The Lord speaks of salvation and praise for the people. There will be no need for the sun or the moon: “for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light.”
The physical Jerusalem (and Israel) is far from this ideal! This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled for Abraham’s descendants (through Isaac). (Romans 9-10 God’s selection of Israel)
What about the spiritual Jerusalem? The people of God throughout the world and in history since Jesus? What has Jesus accomplished in us (the believers, the church of Jesus Christ)?
Here are some Scriptures to guide us to ponder on this very important prophecy. We meditate out of the traditional paradigm boxes today. Whom did Christ save and parade as His trophies? We (every individual believer and the church) are the captives. We are the many nations.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (CJB) | In Context | 14 But thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know him!
2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) | In Context | 14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT) | In Context | 14 But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.
Jesus has become our head and we are joined to Him as His glorious body! Christ in us is the hope of glory and is full of God!
Colossians 1:18-20 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.[a]
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Footnotes: 1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead.
We have this great light of God in us that does not dependant on external physical light:
2 Corinthians 4:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
Footnotes: 4:7 Greek We now have this treasure in clay jars.
God has made peace with us through Jesus. We have the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-25 New Living Translation (NLT)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
Isaiah 60:18-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Violence will disappear from your land;
the desolation and destruction of war will end.
Salvation will surround you like city walls,
and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there.
19 “No longer will you need the sun to shine by day,
nor the moon to give its light by night,
for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set;
your moon will not go down.
For the Lord will be your everlasting light.
Your days of mourning will come to an end.
21 All your people will be righteous.
They will possess their land forever,
for I will plant them there with my own hands
in order to bring myself glory.
22 The smallest family will become a thousand people,
and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation.
At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”