And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Jehovah; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.Isaiah 25:9(ASV)
The Day of the Lord is fast approaching when God is going to finalise His plans and purposes for the world through His chosen people. In that day, the nation of Israel will repent of their sin, recognise their folly, return to the Lord God of their fathers, and call out to their Messiah for salvation.
They will cry out in glorious unison, "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest." The people will call for Jesus to save them and in that day they will cry out with one voice, "Lo, this is our God. We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is Jehovah. We have waited for Him and we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
Part of the message Isaiah proclaimed to Israel was one of sin and judgement, which was fulfilled at Christ's first coming, but another part was a message of hope and restoration which will be played out on the world stage at His second advent.
Although unbelieving Israel has had to go through centuries of chastening because of their sin and will also have to endure the coming Time of Jacob's Trouble, a day is coming when the redeemed of Israel will finally realise their fault, repent of their sin, recognise their Messiah, and be ushered into the presence of the Lord their God.
Today, Israel is blinded in part to the truth of the gospel of God, because they did not recognise the day of their visitation, but a day is coming when the scales will drop from their eyes and they will call on the name of Jesus, and 'all Israel will be saved'. The time is fast approaching when they will recognise Jesus as the One Who was wounded for their transgressions and pierced for their iniquities, and they will mourn for their sin.
One reason for the coming Tribulation period, is because God is holy and He is righteous and sin must be punished. But another reason is to restore Israel back into a right relationship with Himself. Today, Israel is back in the land, in unbelief. Today, Israel is a nation of unbelievers, but a day is coming when they will proclaim Him as their promised Messiah and cry out together, "Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him and he will save us." A day is coming when God will remove the veil that has shrouded the eyes of His chosen people, ever since they cried out, "We will not have this Man to rule over us." On that day, the whole believing remnant of Israel will be delivered from the wrath of God, and it will happen in the final days of the coming Tribulation - the 70th week of Daniel - that terrible time of Jacob's Trouble.
For the time being, all in this age of grace who have recognised the Lord Jesus as our God and Saviour, both Jew and Gentile alike, are part of Christ's mystic Body (the Church). By grace we have been saved from the wrath to come and we rejoice in our salvation from Christ’s finished work on Calvary.
It was for love of Israel that Christ was sent by His Father as the Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. It was for love of the world that God sent His beloved Son to earth to be the sacrifice for our sin, so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life. It was also for love of the Church, which is His Body, that the Lord Jesus willingly gave up His life, so that she might be set apart, perfected, and changed into His likeness, through a lifelong process of 'sanctification'.
This same Jesus Who was taken into heaven to prepare a place for His Bride, is to return in the clouds and receive her unto Himself. No matter what life's circumstances throw at us and however difficult our problems may be, we have His great assurance and promise that He will be with us throughout life's journey, that He is coming soon, and that He is anticipating His return as eagerly as we look forward to His soon arrival.
It was for the joy that was set before Him that the Lord Jesus endured the Cross, and it is with hopeful expectation and joyful anticipation that we wait for His any-day return, when He will take us to be with Himself forever, and how we rejoice in our sure salvation.
We wait for a Saviour Whom we know personally, to come in the clouds, with the trump of God, and the voice of the archangel. He is coming to take us to the place that He has prepared for us, for which we praise His holy name. And at the same time, Israel waits for their God and Messiah to return to the earth to rescue them from their enemies and to set up His millennial rule in Jerusalem, when they will say, "Lo, this is our God, we have waited for Him and He will save us. This is Jehovah and we have waited for Him. We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
Loving Father, I rejoice in my salvation, and the blessed hope of Christ's soon return. Thank You for the faithful promises that You have made to us and to Your people, Israel. Renew my joy and faith in believing, and may I wait in joyful anticipation for Christ’s any day return for His Church. I bless and praise You that Your promises to Israel are also 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ Jesus our Lord, to Whom be all praise and glory forever, AMEN.