Reading through the Bible together
Isaiah 12 begins by saying, “In that day…” What day? It is the day after the Lord has rescued the “remnant of His people” (Isa. 11:16). In Daniel 12:1, it says, “At that time Michael shall stand up. The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people. . . . And at that time your people shall be delivered. Everyone who is found written in the book . . . and those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake . . . and shine like the brightness of the firmament . . .like stars forever and ever.”
It is this note of triumph and jubilation that Isaiah picks up in this chapter. Behold (Christ) is my strength and song (v. 2b), similar to Psalm 46, “A Mighty Fortress.” Isaiah sings the Song of the Lamb “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:10). Isaiah saw the saints drawing water from the wells of salvation (v. 3a) “and he will be like a tree planted by streams of water” (Psalm 1:3) “and [the Lord] shall guide them to springs of the water of life” (Revelation 7:17). “In that day [day of the Second Coming of the Lord] you will give thanks to the Lord” (v. 4a) reflected in Revelation 7:12 “thanksgiving and honor and power and might to our God forever.” The prophecies indicate that every tongue shall confess that Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.
The Lord is to be praised in song for He has done excellent things such as Creation, Salvation, Re-creation (v. 5a) and “let it be known in all the earth” (v. 5b). This scene of Isaiah is far remote from physical Israel in any time of their history past, present and the historical future. This is in eternity when history will stop since Isaiah says “shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” Zion is the heavenly Zion which is the New Jerusalem in Heaven in which the saints will have a mighty fortress in God’s presence. The Warrior Messiah will go out of this Zion to fight the Evil one in the final eradicating battle or Day of the Lord.
Psalm 46 tells how the exited saints in Zion shout (Psalm 46:10) when the Warrior Messiah enters the portals after the Battle with Satan. It is then that “the Lord of Hosts is with us” (Psalm 46:11a) in equal par with Isaiah 12:6b “For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel”.
Grant that we may experience the overwhelming joy of Your exaltation and see the Warrior Messiah enter the Gates of Zion and sing “Lift up your portals, that the everlasting King may enter.” Amen.
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea