14 ‘Return, O faithless sons,’ declares the LORD; ‘For I am a master to you, And I will take you one from a city and two from a family, And I will bring you to Zion.’
15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.
God is opening an understanding of the Scriptures and the mystical realm to us.
16 ¶ Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.
18 If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
God speaks that those who don’t go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths will have no rain falling on them. This has to be understood mystically. No rain falling indicates the blessing of the Lord being withheld. BUT, it can also be taken literally as an illustration of how God’s blessing and provision is selective. Two people can be standing side by side, one abiding in the realm of Zion, and one not. We have an illustration of this in Rev. 22:
13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
God first requires we walk by faith, not our human understanding. We never come into His promises because we first understand how they work. We have faith in what He has spoken though we have no clue how it will come to pass. But then God begins to give understanding. We see on a practical basis how things are going to be manifested.
When the judgments of God came upon Egypt, all the land was in darkness; but in Goshen, the Israelites had light. A distinction was made between Egypt and Israel.
This is not about us individually claiming promises. It’s about having an awareness of our abiding in Zion, the spiritual realm to whom the promises belong. Individually, we are blessed, but only as we are participating in the whole. We have tended to spiritualize the promises of God. But we must now claim them in every realm, spiritual and physical. This is not about looking for God to rain money down on us; that is not it. The promises in Deuteronomy and Leviticus must be interpreted mystically as belonging to spiritual Zion. All the prosperity that comes will serve the kingdom of God. He will bless Zion because her heart is set on Him.
Now is the time to actively claim the promises that belong to Zion. There can be no manifestation of Zion in the earth if there isn’t first a people who step out and believe His word concerning her. Because of grace, we are to be a bold people, daring to claim His provision.