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A view of our glorious future mostly through the eyes of Isaiah.

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Destination: Jerusalem

The Webber family is going camping in Yosemite Valley, leaving behind the declining world and country and getting a feast of the senses, especially Inspiration Tunnel.  All of that vacation beauty will come to an end and they need to return to real life.

There is another spot that we’re all invited to – Jerusalem, but in that case, we’re not returning home.  It will be glorious and awe-inspiring.

Inspiration Tunnel is like prophecy – through a dark tunnel, but coming to a great destination.  Prophecy is like postcards from God from the future.

Prophecy is not just about the doom and gloom, but the phenomenal future.

Isaiah 52:7-10 Isaiah 52:7-10 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that said to Zion, Your God reigns! 8 Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has made bore his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
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  There will be one heart towards God.  Today Jerusalem is very troubled.

Isaiah 52:7 Isaiah 52:7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that said to Zion, Your God reigns!
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We can hope, long, plan for the day when God is on the earth

Isaiah 52:8 Isaiah 52:8Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
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Conflict today, but then all will see eye-to-eye.  People will sing together!  Everybody!

Isaiah 26:1 Isaiah 26:1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
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Walls of salvation - all the world - one heart toward God, asking God for protection.

Isaiah 60:13 Isaiah 60:13The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
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This is the world that all of us are being invited to.  This is a postcard that gives us hope!  Promises of great quality.

Isaiah 60:17-18 Isaiah 60:17-18 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make your officers peace, and your exactors righteousness. 18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
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A world of excellence!  Are we willing to give God excellence?  Thoughts, feelings, love, communication?  There will be excellence in government (v17).  God will grant us to have an excellent heart.  God will deal with the ruin of men’s hearts, and be prepared to have “gold rather than bronze.”

Zechariah 8:1-6 Zechariah 8:1-6 1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 2 Thus said the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. 4 Thus said the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. 6 Thus said the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes? said the LORD of hosts.
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  “The City Of Truth” “The Mountain Of The Lord” A full & abundant life - this is the city we long for!  Marvelous! (v6) One city, one heart, one God, one Savior, one attitude of excellence, a child-friendly world!

Christ stands at the door and says “I want you to be part of this.”  Senior citizens will be joyous and have no worries!

Micah 4:1 Micah 4:1But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it.
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The diversity of its visitors that will come to worship God and learn of His ways.  People will no longer avoid each other because of hatred.  People will not flock to see the past.   Mountain = Kingdom/Government.  There will be a traffic jam!

Isaiah 19:23-25 Isaiah 19:23-25 23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the middle of the land: 25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.
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The whole world will come!  How amazing, especially given today’s turmoil.  These people will be in a godly alliance!  This is the goal!  This is why we put off our human nature and put on the life of Christ in us, that we may teach these people.

Isaiah 62:1-3 Isaiah 62:1-3 1 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 burns. 2 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
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The Restless God - He is on fire!

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