Isaiah 43:15-28 Israel: I am the Lord, your Holy One, your Creator and your King. I am the One who opened a path through the sea and drew the Egyptians to their destruction. Exodus 14:28
Now, you must stop thinking about past events, for I am about to do something new, in an instant it will happen – can you perceive it? Even through the wilderness, I shall make a way, it will be a highway in the barren desert. The wild beasts and birds will honour Me, for I will provide water: rivers in the dry wasteland. My chosen people, the people that I have formed for Myself, will satisfy their thirst and will proclaim My Glory. Isaiah 66:18-21
Yet Israel: you have not called to Me, much less have you spent yourselves in My service. I did not demand sacrifices or grain offerings, but you have burdened Me with your sins and wearied Me with your crimes.
I am the Creator God and for My own sake I will wipe out your transgressions and will remember your sins no more. Ask Me to appear and let us argue this out, set forth your case and establish your innocence. Your first forefathers transgressed and your leaders rebelled and desecrated My sanctuary, that is why I put Jacob under a solemn curse and let Israel be reviled. Ref: REB.
‘let Israel be reviled’. The House of Israel, [the Northern ten tribes] conquered by Assyria, then scattered around the world and now mainly the Christian peoples. Their decreed term of exile is nearly over. Isaiah 1:1-7, Ezekiel 6:11-12, Isaiah 51:17-20, Jeremiah 9:13-20
‘Israel, you have not called to Me’. The descendants of Israel have lost all knowledge of their ancestry the Laws and ordinances have been changed and abrogated. They have sunk into apostasy and atheism. Hosea 9:4, Isaiah 57:11-19, Isaiah 28:7-8
‘in an instant it will happen’. This says how the forthcoming Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath will occur. It is the repeatedly prophesied worldwide judgement and punishment by fire, in the form of a Coronal Mass Ejection sun explosion. Psalms 11:4-6, Isaiah 29:5-6, Jeremiah 6:26
‘Ask Me to appear’. The Lord will become known to his people, in the same manner as during the first Exodus, that is: not physically. It isn’t until the Return of the Lord Jesus, to happen much later, that ‘all the world will see Him’. Ezekiel 20:38, 2 Thessalonians 1:10, Isaiah 60:1-3, Revelation 14:1
‘a highway back to their heritage’. The Lord is waiting to show His favour to His people: now every faithful Christian. After the terrible devastation of the Lord’s Day of wrath that will change the world, all the Lord’s righteous Christian people will travel to the Middle East and will gather with great joy in the holy Land. Isaiah 58:11, Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 30:29, 1 Corinthians 10:4, Isaiah 60:8-9