You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
6 Cry out [tsahal] and shout, [ranan] thou inhabitant [yashab] of
Zion: [Tsiyown] for great [gadowl] is the Holy One [qadowsh]
of Israel [Yisra'el] in the midst [qereb] of thee. KJV-Interlinear
6 Cry aloud
and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy
One of Israel. NASB
Inhabitant, 'yashab,' means to dwell, to marry, to sit down, to continue, to establish.
Zion, 'Tsiyown,' means a permanent capital, zion, a mountain of Jerusalem, conspicuous, monumental, guiding pillar.
The Holy One of Israel is a reference to the one and only God of Israel, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The word for Israel, 'Yisrael,' means he will rule as God, it is also a symbolic name for Jacob who was renamed Israel, to prevail, to have power, prince. And the 'el' part refers to God or the Almighty.
Midst, 'qereb,' means center, among, nearest part, inward, within self.
And so we completed the previous chapter, chapter eleven, which taught the basis for how one may grow up and survive in this life. The primary purpose of that chapter is for those who will live in the Tribulation, to be able to learn and to know and to survive those terrible last days of history.
This chapter, then is the praise issued to the Lord who will return at the Second Advent, which is the culminating event of the Tribulation, having defeated the anti-christ and Satan and all of the evil forces that have been doing everything in their power to destroy humanity which too culminates in the last great war of Armageddon.
Of course all of this is off in the future at the end of history, but Isaiah has been preparing Israel and all of humanity for those future dark days.
Beginning with the trouble that Judah was having with Samaria and Syria, and using those events to provide signs of a savior, a child who will be born, from Isaiah's perspective and has already been born from our perspective in history. That same child is human but also is God.
And the close of this chapter describes the celebration of those who will survive the Tribulation, and who will enter into the Millennium, which is the promised Kingdom of God, wherein Jesus Christ will rule for one-thousand years, and that will finally lead to the completion of human history and this universe.
But at the Second Advent and shortly thereafter, there will be a celebration in the hearts and minds of those who survived and this is why they survived.
They were inhabitants of Zion. Which is to say that they were mature believers, established in doctrine.
Zion is a mountain in Jerusalem, but not all who survive in the Tribulation will be residents on that high hill.
Zion also means dwelling of God. And God is truth so it is the dwelling and location of truth, which is Bible doctrine. Zion is used symbolically for Bible doctrine.
Dwelling in doctrine means simply that they studied and learned doctrine and it was doctrine that lived within their soul, making them an occupant or resident of doctrine, and it a resident in them.
The Holy One is the Messiah, who was born a baby boy, but is referred to here as the Almighty, or God.
This is not a play on words but an accurate description of exactly who Christ is, namely both man and God, the unique person of the universe.
In the midst of thee, carries two connotations.
The first, is that Christ having returned, is, or will be, living in this world on planet earth. He will be here physically, walking and talking to everyone and anyone who wants to interact with Him.
And second, since Christ is the living word, the word being the written words, then anyone who learns doctrine, has doctrine in their soul and thus has Christ resident within their soul as a part of the knowledge and wisdom base.
So, who is delivered?
Spiritually mature believers.
How did they get there?
They studied, read, listened and learned doctrine. Then they used what they learned in their daily life in order to accelerate their spiritual growth to maturity.
And since they began the Tribulation just like everyone else, being unbelievers, since the Rapture will remove all believers and leave behind only unbelievers, then they will have to learn and grow while living under the most horrifying circumstances in all of human history. Not the easiest of times for learning anything, especially learning from scratch.
But many will accomplish this feat.
So, what is your excuse?
These are not the hard times that people will see in those terrible days. Most folks today get upset when they read some derogatory post online. Hardly a comparison to the Tribulation where people will be dying, literally, like flies, during that seven year period, and living in total fear of gangs and starvation and such. But they, some, will still succeed in their spiritual life.
Victory goes to the prepared. Victory goes to the mature. Victory in life goes to those who God delivers, and God delivers those who pursue His mandates. And His mandates are that you study daily, that you study doctrine under instruction, just as you are right now, that you function in your spiritual life in fellowship, by means of confession, that you use what you learn in your daily life, and that you do this day after day throughout your entire life so that you will be complete as God intends for you to be, and have a great and phenomenal life both now and in eternity.
The world will swirl out of control all around you regardless of what you think or do, but doctrine will give you the edge for surviving all of the nonsense and turmoil that the world will bring.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.