As we study the Bible, the importance of the term “Zion” will come to our attention. This name takes on growing prophetic significance as we go through the history of the Bible. From its original meaning as a fortress mountain in Jerusalem, Zion goes on in the Old Testament to signify God’s high calling for his people. At the end of the New Testament, it reveals the center of heaven’s intentions and placement. What does all this mean for us? To understand the vision of Zion, let’s start at the beginning.
ZION, THE CITY OF KING DAVID
The first time the name “Zion” found in the Bible in 2 Samuel. There we read: “And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying: ‘You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you, thinking, “David cannot come in here.” …Nevertheless, David conquered the fortress of Zion (that is, the city of David). Then David dwelt in the stronghold and called it the City of David… So David went on and grew up, and the Lord God of hosts was with him” 2 Samuel 5:6-7