Gladness instead of mourning

          Isaiah 61:1-2a The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me.  He has sent Me to announce good news to the humble. To bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to proclaim a year of the Lords favour…..

Isaiah 61:2b-11 and a Day of the vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.

To give them garlands instead of ashes. Gladness instead of mourners tears. They will be a righteous people, planted in His Land, to display His glory.

Ancient buildings and ruined cities will be rebuilt. Foreigners will serve you as shepherds and farmers.

But you, will be called priests of the Lord and the wealth of nations will be yours.

              Revelation 5:9-10 and Isaiah 66:21 tell us that they will be Christians.

Because you have had shame and abuse in double measure, you will receive a double measure of wealth.

For I, the Lord, love justice and hate wickedness. I will give My people a sure reward and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Their children will be renowned by the nations. They will be seen as a people blessed by the Lord.

Let us rejoice in the Lord with all our hearts. From Him has come victory and deliverance. His people robed in beauty, like a garden full of flowers.     

  The Lord will make His victory and renown known to the nations.

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

Verse 1 and the first half of verse 2, were quoted by Jesus at the commencement of His ministry, then He said; Today, in your hearing, this prophecy has come true.  Therefore, the remainder of this chapter, which is also, obviously prophecy as well, awaits fulfilment. The House of Judah has returned to the Land, but none of these remaining verses can be seen as being fulfilled by them.

V 2-2nd half, God’s Day of vengeance. Isaiah 34:1-8 & Rev 6:12-17 This is the Day when Jesus carries out the judgement of God’s wrath. Psalm 110 describes  it very well.

This will be one and the same with the soon to happen, prophesied, judgement of fire.

…”to comfort all who mourn.”  Zechariah 12:9-14 – is for the survivors in the Land and for all of His faithful Christian people, scattered abroad.

V 3 To give blessings the Lord’s people, every faithful Christian and settle them into the Promised Land. “To display His glory”, His people, ’a light to the nations’. Before the Return of Jesus Christ for His Millennial reign.

V 4 Although this great Day of Lord’s  wrath will cause damage to the Land and buildings, they will be restored and rebuilt. Ezekiel 34:26-27

V 5 Other peoples will come and help, as they will be seen as the Lords people.

V 6 His Christian people will receive the honour of serving the Lord  as priests. The wealth of the nations will come to Israel, as it did when the Israelites left Egypt.

V 7 Amazing promise’s  of restoration and recompense.  Ezekiel 28:24-26

V 8 A new covenant will be made with His people.  Jeremiah 30:34

V 9 The nations will acknowledge that God is with the new nation.  Zechariah 8:20-23

V 10-11 A prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, for His mercy and deliverance.