– Glory Of Zion

The Holy Bible describes a place called Zion that exists both in heaven and on the earth. Mount Zion is found in the City of Jerusalem, capital of Israel. It’s mentioned in 2 Samuel 5:6-10, in the account of David capturing Jerusalem. The citizens had said to David “you will not get in here; even the blind and lame can ward you off.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David. At that time it was a hill, or mountain, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. This began the reign of King David over Jerusalem and Israel.

In the New Testament those who practice the Christian faith are also on their way to Zion, whether they realize it or not. This is a heavenly Zion described in Hebrews 12:22-24 which says “You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

Today when we hear the word Zion it may brings to mind a modern political movement called Zionism. It’s based on the thinking that the Jewish people are destined to return to the Holy Land in a reconstituted state of Israel. This concept is deeply rooted in the scriptures.

For example, Isaiah 60:15-22 says “Although you have been forsake and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations. … Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Saviour, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. … I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. … The sun will no more be your light by day nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. … Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. “

In the New Testament Jesus explained that God had a certain priority in sending His Son to make a way for humanity to be redeemed from sin. Jesus said “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). This was at a time when the land was under Roman rule including the province of Judea – homeland of the Jewish people. To the nonbelievers Israel was a thing of the past but the New Testament authors, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, continued to refer to the Holy Land as Israel (Matthew 2:19-21).

He also said to a Samaritan woman “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). Romans 1:16 says “I am not ashamed of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (nonJewish believers). Romans 1:9-10 says “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Romans 15:8 says “For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy…”. From beginning to end the Holy Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God as being primarily Jewish with a temporary period of time in which the gospel is also for Gentiles. His purpose is not to reject the Jews or Israel, but to provoke them to jealousy so they’ll reclaim their heritage and destiny in Him (Romans 11). This gives way to the concept of Zion being established on earth as it is in heaven, in a way that political Zion functions more like infrastructure for the New Jerusalem on the ground.

In the meantime the role of the true Christian Church is to walk as Jesus did, for the same reasons He did. As He said to the woman at the well “God is Spirit and His worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). To Peter, about the way in which God revealed to him who Jesus really is, “This was not revealed to you by man but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). To worship in Spirit and in truth is to receive revelation from God in our own unique spiritual paths, in a way that draws believers together to constitute the true Spirit-led Church.

Then there are many religious organizations named for Jesus Christ who are not Spirit-led but which function like Sunday social clubs without really being committed to walking as He did. They are distinguished by a determination to reject the things of the Holy Spirit manifesting in individual believers, for the sake of preserving human traditions not based in the scriptures. They can go through the motions for year, even decades, holding religious services but failing to allow God to transform them into all He created them to be. In the end they can fall prey to the evil one who will exploit their carnal nature to oppose what is truly from God.

In Canada various Spirit-led gatherings stand in the gap with prayer and intercession so God’s sovereign will for the nation will be upheld. One began in the late 1980’s after a large Protestant denomination agreed to allow the ordination of clergy who were openly practicing sexual immorality as defined in the scriptures. Right across the nation believers who couldn’t agree with this left their church organizations to take a stand for holiness. A woman in Ontario received a word from God about what was to come next. From Isaiah 54:2 she heard “Enlarge the place of your tent.” This became the central theme of a new Canadian-wide church called the 4 C’s (Congregational Christian Church of Canada).

Chapter 54 of Isaiah is called ‘The Glory of Zion.’ It’s described in distinctly female terms as a heavenly counterpart to Israel and Jerusalem on the ground. Verses 4-5 say “Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your Husband – the Lord Almighty is His Name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”

This Church is destined to go through fire and water to defend Israel and the Jewish people. Verses 11-15 describe the hardships to be faced on the way to defeating the gates of Hades: “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children’s peace. In righteousness you will be established; tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be My doing. Whoever attacks you will bow to you.”

Verses 16-17 explain that the Lord allows the destroyer to come against the Church but only to make Her as strong in Him as she can be. Then the destroyer is destroyed. It says “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me, says the Lord.”

From the 1980’s to today, this Glory of Zion Church has been through the wringer, so-to-speak. Attacked on all sides, it’s had no choice but draw every closer to God the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual battle has been extremely prolonged and intense. There have been many casualties as some who joined in weren’t around to hear about the original calling of this nation-wide body of believers, and others forgot all about it do to church as usual, yet again. Then there are some who are still standing just as the scripture said: “Whoever attacks you will bow to you” and “No weapon forged against you will prevail.”

There’s no way this overcoming Church can stand undefeated without learning to take up the cross and walk as Jesus did. It’s the wife of the Lamb and the Lion of Judah; willing to share in His suffering in order to truly share in His glory. It will not be seen naming and claiming more wealth for itself by taking the last income of poverty-stricken people. Rather, like Jesus Christ Himself it is more than willing to become poor so that others can be lifted up and enriched (2 Corinthians 8:9). This is because the true Church, as the glory of Zion, walks with the Lord as His wife, willing to suffer the things He suffered even to defeat death itself.

Out of this overcoming Church in Her relationship with the Holy One of Israel comes Kingdom sons for whom all of creation awaits (Romans 8:19-21). They are caught up to heaven by the power of the Holy Spirit, to heavenly Zion, the New Jerusalem. As Revelation 14 says they are standing on Mount Zion with both the Name of the Lamb – Jesus Christ – and the Name of Father written on their foreheads. They know both the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb because they walked as Jesus did – not to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them (Revelation 15; Matthew 5:17-20).

In Canada this Glory of Zion Church has the final authority on the fate of the nation. It’s in a position where standing in the gap means simply having a personal conversation with the Father according to Revelation 2:26 which says: “To him who overcomes I will give authority over the nations.” There is no need to keep doing endless religious rituals mixed with human traditions, nor trying to engage in the politics of this world. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is not of this world so there is no pressure to keep trying to conform to it, nor to be so inclusive of every sinful lifestyle that there is no room for the Holy Spirit anymore. This is what it takes to successfully intercede for Canada and every other nations established on Judeo-Christian precepts. And it’s already happening. But unless we take our eyes off the ever-increasing darkness of this world we may never see it. We’ll only witness what the destroyer is doing and wrongly believe nobody can stop him.

In the fullness of God’s Kingdom on earth as He is in heaven,the things of this world will have passed away. Everything that can be shaken will be removed so what cannot be shaken remains firmly established in His will. If we read to the end of the Bible we see that some of the nations stand firm for eternity. They will walk by the Light of the Lamb and feed on the healing leaves of the tree of life (Revelation 21:24; 22:1-4). It’s not because they followed religious rituals to perfection, or managed to succeed at a political level. It’s because they had a body of believers who were not afraid to take up the cross as walk as Jesus did: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. They did not look to the wealth of this world to protect them from having to share in His suffering, but willingly walked with Him as a Father, brother and husband. In doing so they constitute the overcoming Church that flushes out things which would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

Today the Glory of Zion blazes from Canada and other nations in those whose hearts are fully committed to God. They are covenant-keepers, Spirit-led intercessors, and humble servants for His glory. They will be seen raising a standard of righteousness in the destroyer’s face; unafraid of the one who is destined to lose. As we witness the lawless ones seeks to dismantle all things Jewish and Christian in Canada we need to remember this is not a battle yet to be fought; it’s already won. The sooner we realize that the sooner we will live the victorious Judeo-Christian life in Canada.