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Enter into the rock

October 28, 2013

“Enter into the rock,” Isaiah said.

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.” [Isa. 2:10]


Throughout the Bible, Christ is represented by a rock.

At Bethel, Jacob anointed the rock which he had used for his pillow, when he dreamed about a ladder reaching to heaven, with angels ascending and descending upon it. In the dream, God promised to give him the land of Canaan. Jacob set up the rock for a pillar, and said, “And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house.” [Gen. 28:22]

In the dream of Nebuchadnezar, which Daniel interpreted, a stone cut without hands smote the image upon its feet, and became a great mountain. The image represents a series of human kingdoms, and the stone cut without hands represents Christ, and his kingdom, which destroys the image. Daniel said:

“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” [Dan. 2:34-35]

In many Psalms, a rock is a symbol of Christ. David took refuge in the rocks of the wilderness when he was hunted by Saul.

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” [Psa. 18:2]

“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” [Psa. 28:1]

“But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” [Psa. 94:22]

The rock to which the prophet Isaiah exhorts people to enter is Christ. And Christ is identified with mount Zion.

Isaiah referred to Christ and when he wrote of a sure foundation stone laid in Zion by God.

“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” [Isa. 28:16]

In Isaiah 2:1-2, mount Zion and Jerusalem are exalted to the top of the mountains, above the hills. This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus ascended to heaven, after his resurrection. He represents the “mountain of the Lord’s house.” He was “the only begotten son of God.” Jerusalem and mount Zion became heavenly and spiritual when Jesus was made Christ by God. [Acts 2:36] And now, mount Zion “cannot be touched.” [Heb. 12:18] All believers have come to it, and to the heavenly Jerusalem, where Christ reigns as king on the throne of David.

Paul identified Christ as the spiritual rock from which Israel drank in the wilderness.

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” [1 Cor. 10:4]

Peter described Christ and his saints as “living stones.” Speaking of Jesus, he wrote,

“To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, that are built up into a a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” [2 Pet. 2:4-5]

In the last few verses of Isaiah 2, the prophet says men will go to the holes in the rocks, and caves, out of fear of the Lord.

“And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” [Isa. 2:20-22]

The rock into which men should enter is Christ, whose kingdom is identified with mount Zion. Rocks on the mountains, and the holes and crevices in them, represent isolated portions of the mountain of the Gospel. Many denominations and sects embrace portions of the Gospel, rather than its entirety. They are not mount Zion, but perhaps the prophet depicts them in his prophecy as rocks and caves in the mountains, which Scripture uses as symbols of God’s promises and revelations.

Denominations, sects, and individual churches are not the church of God, which is far greater. They are not mount Zion, but are like the rocks and caverns in the mountains. Similarly various “isms” such as dispensationalism, and preterism, are human theories and interpretations, which focus on portions of the mountains of prophecy, and not the whole landscape, and so they are represented by rocks and caves, in which men hide themselves. Caves and holes in the rocks tend to be dark places, where the view of the rest of the world is severely restricted.

Isaiah says, “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.” Enter into the rock, which is Christ, the sure foundation stone laid in Zion.

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