13. You will arise and have mercy and loving-kindness for Zion, for it is time to have pity and compassion for her, yes, the set time is come — the moment designated. Amp.
Zion – c) a term for Jerusalem – the city of David. a permanent capital, mountain of Jerusalem; a monument or guiding pillar, a desert, solitary place, wilderness.
Forces – c) an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength, able, host, might, power, goods, riches, brave, courageous, fearlessness, general moral excellence, goodness of character.
Joel 2:32 And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape as the Lord has said, and among the remnant (of survivors) shall be those whom the Lord calls. Amp.
Mount Zion is made up of His chosen set apart ones who have suffered for Him. They have been in the wilderness and may not be known by many but are known by God. That is where the remnant dwells. They have shared in His suffering and now will share in His glory. He will make it a holy dwelling place of His and none will pass through it again, Joel 3:17.
Mount Zion will be the place of safety for others to come and receive Jesus. He will appear in His glory as He builds up Zion, (vs.16). People will be gathered to worship the lord in Mount Zion because that is where His presence dwells. These are not dead churches but the real deal. No more playing church. Judgment will fall upon the false worshippers while His glory will fall upon His holy remnant.
Obadiah 17, But on Mount Zion (in Jerusalem) there shall be deliverance, for those who escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall possess their own former possessions. Amp.
This is saying basically the same as Joel 2:32 except for them receiving their former possessions. God is restoring the years the locust has eaten. Many have perverted the prosperity message. But the Lord still prospers and restores His people.
Isaiah 60:5 says, “the forces of the Gentiles shall come to thee.” He will take away from the heathen and give to His people. They will receive riches and fearlessness and moral character. It will be truly a glorious day!