THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Isaiah 62:1 through Isaiah 63:7
Focal verse(s): Isaiah 63:2: “Why is Your apparel red and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?”
The opening verse of Isaiah 62 tell us that when Christ comes the 2nd time, righteousness and salvation will shine forth to all nations of the world. One of the names for the New Jerusalem will be “Beulah” which means “married one”, picturing the city’s marriage to God in the new relationship of righteousness. The song “Beulah Land” expresses this relationship very well. The city of Jerusalem will be “praise in the earth” in that day, meaning that people throughout the world will praise God for His city and be attracted to it. Chapter 63 opens with 2 questions that will be asked about Christ when He returns: (1) “Who is this?” (2) Why is He dressed in red clothing?” The answer: It is the Messiah, and the reason that His clothes are stained red is from the blood of the wicked that He has to judge in the evil neighboring nation of Edom on His way. We must constantly keep in mind that our God is a loving God but also a God of wrath and judgment for those who are wicked and refuse to repent of their sins and turn to the Lord! When Christ comes the 2nd time, He will come in judgment of those who have not accepted Him as He establishes the eternal kingdom. Praise the Lord for His loving kindness to those who serve Him! Millennial note: Various Old Testament references affirm that the desert and wilderness of Palestine will someday be transformed. This transformation will require vast quantities of water. A newspaper item said, “Vast quantities of sweet water buried deep beneath the Sinai and the Negev deserts have been discovered by Israel geologists. Isotope examination of the water showed that it is ancient, thus proving that the present desert area was once subject to rainfall and was inhabited.” *
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 800, #3412.