For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not beremembered, nor come into mind.18. But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem arejoicing, and her people a joy.19. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be nomore heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
The creation of Jerusalem as a rejoicing and her people a joy is connected to the new heavens and new earth. The new heavens and new earth is seen by John in the Revelation.The new heavens and new earth arrives after the burning of Babylon. In other words the
Jerusalem of Isaiah’s prophecy is created after the destruction of Babylon in the new heavens
and new earth. Is this Jerusalem the earthly Jerusalem or is it the heavenly, spiritual Jerusalem?
Babylon is the great city where our Lord was crucified.Revelation 11:8
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodomand Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Babylon is the city guilty of the blood of the saints.Rev.18:24
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slainupon the earth.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which aresent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gatherethher chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
The creation of the New Jerusalem comes after the destruction of the earthly Jerusalem. Thisis also the timing of the arrival of the new heaven and new earth, the new creation world of the new Covenant