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Conflict Barbarian in the black Headdress, Blood shed, Dalmatia to tremble: Great Ishmael will set up his promontory, Frogs to tremble Lusitania aid.


ISAIAH 62 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,

for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep still,

Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn

and her salvation like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,

and all kings your glory;

You shall be called by a new name

bestowed by the mouth of the LORD.

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,

a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

No more shall you be called “Forsaken,”

nor your land called “Desolate,”

But you shall be called “My Delight is in her,”

and your land “Espoused.”

For the LORD delights in you,

and your land shall be espoused.

For as a young man marries a virgin,

your Builder shall marry you;

And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride

so shall your God rejoice in you.

Upon your walls, Jerusalem,

I have stationed sentinels;

By day and by night,

they shall never be silent.

You who are to remind the LORD,

take no rest,

And give him no rest,

until he re-establishes Jerusalem

And makes it the praise of the earth.



The LORD has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

No more will I give your grain

as food to your enemies;

Nor shall foreigners drink the wine,

for which you toiled.

But those who harvest shall eat,

and praise the LORD;

Those who gather shall drink

in my holy courts.

Pass through, pass through the gates,

prepare a way for the people;

Build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones,

raise up a standard over the nations.

The LORD has proclaimed

to the ends of the earth:

Say to daughter Zion,

“See, your savior comes!

See, his reward is with him,

his recompense before him.”

They shall be called “The Holy People,”

“The Redeemed of the LORD.”

And you shall be called “Cared For,”

“A City Not Forsaken.”

* [62:1–12] As in chap. 60, the prophet addresses Zion, announcing the reversal of her fortune. Several motifs reappear: light and glory (60:1–3, 19–20), tribute of nations (60:11), and especially the marriage (61:10; cf. also 54:5–8).

* [62:8–9] Peace and prosperity are indicated by the absence of invaders who would live off the land.

* [62:10–11] The gates of Babylon are to be opened for the exiles to return, led by the Lord, as in 40:3–5, 10.

a. [62:1] Is 42:14; 64:11.

b. [62:2] Rev 2:17; 3:12.

c. [62:4] Is 49:15–16; 54:7–8.

d. [62:8] Is 52:10.

e. [62:9] Dt 12:17–18; 14:23.

f. [62:10] Is 58:14.

g. [62:11] Is 40:10.

h. [62:12] Is 62:4.



H. J. Gamston.*

(* This message was given at a Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony meeting in London on August 27th, 2004.).


In the theme ‘Names of Jerusalem,’ my subject covers just one word which is found in Isaiah 62:4; it is the word ‘Hephzibah.’ “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

The word ‘Hephzibah’ needs to be considered in the light of chapters 60-62. These three chapters stand in direct contrast with what we read in chapter 59, and especially verses 14-15, “Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity (that is, even-handedness, or fairness) cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth (or, truth is lacking); and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment (or, ‘there was no justice’).” The judgment spoken of here is used in the sense of justice, or just decisions between man and man. Someone has described it in these terms, ‘The language of these verses is taken from the courts of justice; the idea is, that there was no justice in their decisions, but that their courts were unprincipled and corrupt.’ Justice based upon truth is seen as standing afar off represented as standing at a distance from the city, deterred by their sins, so as not to enter. If ever such a feature is seen, it is seen today. Where is the justice, based upon the Truth of God’s Word, being exercised today? As in Isaiah’s day, so it is in our day; it too has been turned backwards.

Like a mighty stream, it has been turned backward. It is on a contrary course. As in Isaiah’s day, so it is in our day, truth has fallen in common conversation so that no one knows what to believe or in whom they can trust.

Dear friends, if we are seeing this prophecy (Isaiah 59:14-15) being literally fulfilled in this our day, so we must be consistent when speaking or reading God’s prophetic Word, and we must see that there is a day coming when literally, as chapters 60-62 prophesy, the light of the Lord’s presence will be gloriously seen in the city of Jerusalem.

In chapter 60, we read of ‘The Future Glory of Israel’ and of God’s wonderful promises to Zion, and of the access to the Gentiles into these blessed promises. In chapter 61:1-2, we have the promise of the coming of Israel’s true Messiah. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me: because the LORD bath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He bath sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”

Our Saviour Himself quoted these same words in the New Testament – in Luke 4:18-19. They describe the Saviour’s first visit, after entering upon his public ministry, into the city of Nazareth. But I notice on this occasion that, having opened the scroll, He only read as far as the words, ‘To proclaim (preach) the acceptable year of the Lord.’ He then closed the scroll.

Have you ever wondered why He did not go on to read the rest? He made it clear in verse 21, “And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.” What about the rest of the prophecy as recorded in Isaiah? When will this be fulfilled? Quite clearly it will be fulfilled at His second coming. When He comes again to rescue His afflicted people with vengeance on their enemies and bring ‘comfort to all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn’ – where? – ‘in Zion (that is, Jerusalem), to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’

Chapters 60-62 are very beautiful chapters as they stand in arresting and remarkable contrast to the chapters which precede them. They have been described by one Bible commentator as being ‘like the bright dawning of the sun when it has arisen after the gloomy darkness of the night.’ I would therefore not hesitate in saying that chapters 60-62 are chapters pertaining to the millennial reign of Christ on [this] earth.

Mr Ivan Foster took as his subject at our last meeting, ‘The Throne of the LORD’. We are now following on, for when Jerusalem becomes the throne of the LORD His delight [and visible glory] will be seen in her. This is clearly seen from what we read in Isaiah 60:2; it is addressed to Zion (Jerusalem) when ‘the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.’ That is when ‘the LORD shall arise upon thee (its people), and His glory shall be seen upon thee (again, its people).’ It will be a day when, as can be seen from chapter 62:2, ‘the Gentiles shall see thy (Israel’s) righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.’

And what, we ask, will the ‘new name’ be? We have the answer in verse 4, ‘thou shalt be called HEPHZIBAH.’

This is a very wonderful chapter. So that we might understand why Jerusalem shall be called by this name, I want us to consider three main things which are addressed by the LORD in this chapter.

1. The Declaration of a Holy God (Verses 1-3).

‘For Zion’s sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.’

In making this declaration through His prophet, we see that the Holy One of Israel is determined to fulfil what He has said. I will ‘not hold My peace … I will not rest, UNTIL.’ This ‘UNTIL’ speaks of His determination.

This declaration is directed towards Zion and towards Jerusalem; ‘For Zion’s sake,’ and ‘for Jerusalem’s sake.’ The LORD is determined to make Jerusalem a light-house for the world. In Isaiah 58:8 we read, ‘Then (that is, after Israel has been shown their transgressions, and their sins), shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee: the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.’ The Lord has declared that He will neither be ‘silent’ nor give Himself ‘rest’ until He Himself, has gloriously brought about His work of grace so that it is fully realised, and brought out to the light of day.

Zion now sits in utter darkness, but the time is coming when the Gentile world shall see her righteousness (verse 2) as it goes forth as nogah (Hebrew) brightness (verse 1) – the light which bursts through the night, thus fulfilling the wonderful promises of chapter 60:18-22. ‘Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction (wrack and ruin) within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls SALVATION, and thy gates PRAISE. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.’

What eschatological depths are opened up in these verses! Jerusalem glorified through the shining of the LORD as its everlasting light. The meaning of this prophecy is not that the sun and moon will no longer exist. The Hebrew means, ‘Your sun shall set no more, your moon no more withdraw; for the LORD shall be a light to you forever.’ As someone has rightly pointed out, ‘there will still be both sun and moon, but the Holy Place will be illumined without interruption by the manifestation of the presence of God, which outshines all besides.’

It was this that Isaiah had in mind when back in chapter 24:23 he said, ‘Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously.’

Is it any wonder, as it is described in verse 2, that the eyes of the Gentile nations will be directed to Israel’s righteousness? And that the eyes of all the kings will be directed to Israel’s glory? It will be a righteousness and a glory which, if all the nations were put together, could not possibly be compared with it.

It is for this reason that Zion is given a ‘new name.’ It is because it will be a new Zion, one which [conditions, blessings and Christ’s manifested glory] has never before existed, and therefore can only be determined by a new name. Jerusalem’s ‘new name’ will reflect Israel’s new favoured status (verses 4 and 12). ‘Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called HEPHZIBAH, and thy land BEULAH: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married … And they shall call them, The holy people, the redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.’

If there are any who would apply this to the world-wide Church of today, then my reply is that the Church has never been termed ‘Forsaken’ as Zion unquestionably has. Neither have we as members of the glorified Christ another fatherland but heaven,* which can hardly be termed ‘Desolate.’

[* The author implies here that Old Testament saints are not members of “the Church”; and every member of the Church will have a heavenly inheritance, when Abraham and all the prophets of God will be enjoying an earthly inheritance! Is this what the Scriptures teach? No, a thousand times no; for all not “accounted worthy to attain” that “age” (Luke 20: 35) and that “kingdom” will “never enter” it, (Matt. 5: 20): and to believe contrary to what our Lord and the Holy Scriptures teach -(that Christians will be in Heaven immediately after death, and therefore before the time of Resurrection) – is to “have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection [of reward] is past already”! (2 Tim. 18, R.S.V.). cf. Phil. 3: 11; Rev. 20: 4-6; Luke 14: 14. Erroneous interpretations and neglect of the Holy Spirit’s exhortations and warnings -(targeted at regenerate believers only) – will often, for the sake of consistency, lead them into erroneous interpretations in other areas. All who will be resurrected at the time of Christ’s return, will inherit both earthly and heavenly spheres in Christ’s millennial kingdom “because they are [will be] equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20: 36).]

This Declaration of a Holy God concerns the literal Zion and the literal Jerusalem. The Eternal and Almighty God is the only One Who can bring this to pass. He alone, is able to utter a name answering to the new nature of Zion.

2. The Restoration of a Forsaken People (Verses 4-9)

‘Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called HEPHZIBAH, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, 0 Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The LORD hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine,* for the which thou hast laboured: but they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness.’

[* Here is the fulfilment of Christ’s forward-looking promise to His disciples at the ‘Supper’: “Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine UNTIL THAT DAY when I drink it new in the kingdom of God” (Mark 14: 25).]

Here in verse 4, the ‘new name’ is now mentioned. In fact two ‘new names’ are mentioned, they are the names ‘Hephzibah’ and ‘Beulah,’ and they take the place of the old names. Zion has been seen in previous chapters of the book in her old nature. It was this old nature which had caused the Lord to forsake her. But in that glorious day [or day of Christ’s manifested glory], spoken of here by the prophet, when Zion becomes ‘a crown of glory … and a royal diadem in the hand of (her) God,’ she will no longer ‘be termed Forsaken’ but will receive instead the ‘new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name’ and shall be called ‘HEPHZIBAH.’

‘Hephzibah’ is an Hebrew word which is used in describing a term of endearment. The nation Israel, has always been the object of the LORD’S true affection, but because of her sin the Lord has temporarily set the nation aside. For what reason, might we ask? We have now to turn to the New Testament to find the answer.

The apostle Paul gives us the answer in his epistle to the Romans. In chapter 11: 11 – 12, Paul says, ‘I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?’

Here then is the answer. Because of Israel’s fall, the gospel has come to the Gentiles. The gospel is the good news of the coming into this world of a Saviour, Who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

The good news is, that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, suffered that awful death upon the tree, shedding His Own Precious Blood so that all who trust in Him will know the forgiveness of sin.

The Bible, God’s Word, tells us in Hebrews 9:22, ‘And almost all things are by the law purged (purified) with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (that is, no forgiveness of sins).’ The Jewish people in Isaiah’s day would understand what the writer of Hebrews meant.

They would understand the implications of the sacrifice of animals and the shedding of blood to atone for their sins. The writer, in this ninth chapter, has been making mention of the blood of animals as the means of atonement for the sins of the people, and is now contrasting them with the shed ‘Blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot (blemish) to God,’ so as to ‘purge (purify) our conscience from dead works, to serve the Living God.’

All who have come by faith to Christ, who have repented of their sins and trusted in His shed blood as the only means of cleansing them of their sins, have been given new life, eternal life. The apostle Paul writing to the church at Rome concerning the gospel of Christ, says in chapter 6:23, ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the (free) gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’

Can I ask you if you know Him as your own personal Saviour? Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb? If you have not come by faith to Him and confessed your sin, then I have to tell you, if you remain in your sin, then you will NOT inherit Eternal Life! You will not enter into heaven! (or the ‘New Earth’.)

On the other hand, if you have repented of your sin, then with the hymn writer, you will be able to sing: ‘Praise my soul the King of heaven, To His feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven; Who like thee His praise should sing? Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, Praise the Everlasting King.’ Not only will God delight in you, but you will be able to delight in the God of all grace!

Coming back to our main point – The Restoration of a Forsaken People – the apostle Paul, in Romans 11 tells us why, and when this will happen. Verse 15 is the why! ‘For if the casting away (the forsaking) of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?’ (the nation restored back to spiritual life).

Verses 25-26 is the when! ‘For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery (that is, the restoration of a forsaken people), lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel (and here is the when of the restoration), until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall (or Who will) turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel).’

This is yet to take place, and take place it will, because this is God’s Word, and not only to the nation of Israel, but also to the Gentile nations. This wonderful time of restoration will all be the work of a Sovereign God! He has declared through the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, in chapter 12, which refers to the Great Tribulation (the time of Jacob’s trouble) when God Himself (verse 9), ‘will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.’

God, through His prophet goes on to say in verse 10, ‘And I WILL pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced (referring to the death of Christ upon the cross), and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son.’

In the next chapter, 13:1-2 we read: ‘In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I WILL cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I WILL cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.’

When this happens, Jerusalem will receive its ‘new name,’ and it will be called ‘Hephzibah,’ which means in Hebrew, ‘I delight in her.’ This, along with the other ‘new name’ which is ‘Beulah’ meaning ‘married,’ reflects a full restoration [of the ‘Bride’] to the LORD.

The declaration in Isaiah 62:5 concerning the marriage of a young man to his bride, refers to marriage in the sense of ‘occupying and possessing the city.’ The setting up of ‘watchmen upon (the) walls,’ in verses 6-7, at the time of writing, refers to the leaders of Israel – Haggai, who in his day proclaimed the glory of the second temple; Zechariah, who in his day pointed to Joshua the priest; and Zerubabel; and on to the coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus, who today is still building God’s spiritual temple, made up of all true believers. Then the prophet Malachi, who in his day predicted the coming of the Messiah to His temple.

Today, the ‘watchmen’ are those believers who are God’s remembrancers! Who remember to pray for, and to proclaim God’s prophetic truth concerning Israel in these last days. Verses 8-9, refer to God’s oath, when He will end all foreign rule and domination over Jerusalem.

3. The Salvation of a Redeemed Nation (Verses 10-12).

‘Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones: lift up a standard for the people. Beho’d, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, the redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.’

In order to ‘prepare the way of the people,’ for the exaltation of Zion and the manifestation of her salvation, the commands in verse 10 have to be met. The command to ‘Go through the gates,’ whilst having reference to the time of the captivity, and the passing out through the gates of Babylon, the term also refers to that which is future as the whole of chapters 60-63 reveal.

The command to those coming out of the captivity, and passing through the gates that had been closed for so long against their return to the Promised Land, having now been thrown open, is that they will open up the way by clearing it of stones, and making a smooth highway so as to enable them to proceed on the journey to Zion.

The words that follow in verse 11, ‘Say ye to the daughter of Zion’ are given by the LORD, and that they also refer to the future is seen by the opening statement of the verse, ‘Behold, the LORD bath proclaimed unto THE END OF THE WORLD.’ Matthew (in chapter 21), may also have alluded to these words when he was quoting from Zechariah 9:9 as it relates to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

But then, they are future as far as the dispersion of Israel has extended across the world, because the Bible, in other prophetic utterances, makes it quite clear that the exaltation of Zion and the manifestation of her salvation are to be ‘proclaimed unto the end of the world.’

For example, Isaiah 11: 12 is to be literally fulfilled when, ‘He (the LORD) shall set up an ensign (a signal) for (or, to) the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.’

This future promised blessing rests upon Israel’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who never did or can fail. It does not rest upon a defiled and sinful Israel, nor upon Gentile rule and government, for neither could be, or can even be, relied upon.

It rests squarely and firmly upon the ‘new covenant’ which is founded upon a far better sacrifice, which alone can bring about the remission of sins. The sacrifice, being the shed Blood of the true Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah. This is the only remedy by which all sin, whether of Jew or Gentile, could be atoned for!

The day of the Lord will find its completion when the new name, HEPHZIBAH is given to Jerusalem! It will be that day when Jehovah -Messiah’s delight is in her.

It will be that day when, as the Psalmist puts it, The LORD shall ‘arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come … When the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory’ (Psalm 102:13,16).

The words of despondency in Isaiah 49:14, ‘But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me,’ and the long period of darkness and suffering of which we read in Isaiah 49:15-23, will come to a certain end and Israel, as Isaiah 62:12 declares, will be called, ‘The holy people, the redeemed of the LORD:’ and shall ‘be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.’


I conclude with the words of Isaiah, and with which he opens this very wonderful prophecy. Turn with me to Isaiah chapter 1:24-27, and then to chapter 22-3.

‘Therefore, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies: And I will turn My hand upon thee (that is, Israel), and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.’

Then chapter 22-3; ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.’

Then Jerusalem (as it is known today) will be called by its new name ‘HEPHZIBAH,’ because the LORD will be her delight and He will ‘delight in her.’



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