Isaiah 45-6. “And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from the storm and from rain.”
When Israel wandered in the wilderness, God provided a pillar of cloud by day, and of fire by night, to guide their wanderings and to reassure them of His presence. In the Millenium, it will not be a pillar, but a canopy. The picture here is of a wedding canopy carried over the bridegroom. In verse 5, covering is a better translation than defence.
The term gives the idea of the Lord’s joy over His returned and redeemed people, just as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. There is also a suggestion of the close association of the Church in its Heavenly position with the restored earthly nation.
The tabernacle in verse 6 is actually a pavilion. Nature’s activities will not stop during the Millenium. There will be storms, rain, and wind.
W.E. Vine says, “The most glorious feature of the whole scene will be the conjoint existence of the restored and glorious Jerusalem on earth, the city of the Great King, and the Heavenly Jerusalem,consisting of all the glorified saints, and described figuratively in Rev. 21:10-22:5, the great City-Bride, the wife of the Lamb, the “Light-Giver’ of which is Christ Himself.” (Isaiah, W.E Vine, pp. 23-24)
Someone recently posted a lengthy comment supporting the idea that the Church is Spiritual Israel, and that God is finished dealing with Israel. This position claims that all the promises to Israel are transferred to the Church. I disallowed the comment, which was excessively long, because I absolutely do not believe it is true. If you have any questions on this issue, here is a good article: http://graceambassadors.com/prophecy/israel/does-the-bible-teach-a-spiritual-israel.
God is NOT finished with Israel. Nowhere in scripture are we told that Israel has disappeared from the picture. If nothing else, we can see prophecy fulfilled in the naming of Israel as a nation in 1947, setting the stage for a massive return of Jews to their homeland. This is a fascinating study for me, and I’m loving seeing the truth in Isaiah that Israel is very much a part of end-time prophecies.
By the way, I will not debate the “spiritual Israel” issue with anyone. If you really need to write about it, maybe you should consider starting your own blog 🙂