“In the last days the mountain of the LORD’S temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.”
Isaiah 2:2 (Emphasis mine)
The highest of the mountains?
Exalted above the hills?
I was standing at the window in Sukkat Hallel (House of Prayer) in Jerusalem, looking across the valley to the old city, and was reading this prophecy from Isaiah, as translated in the latest NIV version, when it struck me that I should consider taking this Scripture literally. That should be our rule of thumb, should it not? Unless God specifically directs us otherwise, should we not take His Word literally?
Is that mountain where the Lord’s Temple is to be constructed to be raised up higher than any mountain in the world, I mused. How interesting!
Then I remembered the other word from Isaiah:
Make strait in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low…
and the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together (40:4-5).
I believe the Lord wants us to use our Godly imagination. Imagine Jerusalem being elevated to the highest mountain in the entire world! And the Lord’s Temple on top of that high mountain!
Makes my heart beat a little faster just to imagine!