SUFFERING AND SORROW WILL FLEE AWAY
This old world staggers along, from disaster to crisis, wars, earthquakes, storms, droughts, you name it. But God’s plans will soon come to fruition. The shocking and earth shattering Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath will set the scene for a sequence of events, culminating in the Lord Jesus’ glorious Return. This event will constitute the Lord’s judgement on Judah [the current inhabitants of Israel] and all the surrounding nations.
THEN, the Land of Greater Israel will be regenerated and His people, righteous Israel will come to live there, in peace and security. They will rebuild the Temple and prepare for the eventual Return of Jesus.
Ezekiel 36:7 Therefore, says the Lord, the nations round about Israel will endure rebuke. [the coming Day of the Lord’s wrath, resulting in the judgement of ‘the evil neighbours’. Jeremiah 12:14]
Jeremiah 7:20 I will pour out My anger on Judah, on man and beast, trees and crops – it will be unquenched. [The Land, virtually wiped bare]
But the Lord says: only a short while, before this: Isaiah 35:1
Ezekiel 36:8 But you, mountains of Israel, put forth your branches and yield fruit for My people, Israel, for their homecoming is near. [My people, all faithful Christians, gathered, judged and settled into all of the Promised Land. Ezekiel 20:34-35]
Ezekiel 16:52 It is you, Judah, that must bear the humiliation – for your sins have pleaded your sisters cause, your conduct is so much more abominable than theirs, that they appear innocent in comparison. Now you must bear your shame.
Ezekiel 16:53 I shall restore the fortunes of your sisters, Sodom and Samaria, [the 10 northern tribes of Israel] and yours [the House of Judah] too at the same time.
Ezekiel 16:55 When your sisters become what they were of old, then your daughters will be restored likewise.
Ezekiel 16:63 You [Judah] will remember your conduct and be so ashamed and humiliated that you will never open your mouth again, once I have pardoned you.
Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort My people, their term of bondage served – penalty paid.
Isaiah 40:3 Clear a road through the desert for the Lord, level the ground.
Isaiah 43:19 I am about to do something new. Through the wilderness I will make a way.
Micah 2:12-13 I shall assemble you, the whole House of Israel [all 12 tribes, plus those grafted in] herded like sheep.
Micah 4:6 I shall gather and restore the lost as a remnant, turned into a mighty nation.
Hosea 2:14-23 But now, I shall woo My people and lead them into the wilderness. I shall speak words of encouragement to them. I shall betroth you to Myself forever. Israel will be My new sowing in the Land. I say- you are My people and they will say- you are our God. Romans 9:24-26
Isaiah 32:14 Houses are forsaken and streets deserted – the Land a waste to the delight of the donkeys and flocks.
Isaiah 32:15 Until the Spirit from on High is poured upon us, and then the wilderness will become garden land.
Isaiah 32:16-18 Justice and righteousness will prevail throughout the Land. My people will live peacefully, in secure homes.
- Isaiah 32:19-20 Despite damage to vegetation and buildings, you will be blessed with ample water, crops and grazing land.
Isaiah 35:1-2 Let the wilderness be glad, the desert rejoice and flower. The Land will again show the glory of Lebanon, Carmel and Sharon, these will see the glory of the Lord.
Isaiah 35:3-4 Strengthen yourselves, say to those with fearful hearts- be strong. For your God comes to save you, with His vengeance and retribution. [Against your enemies]
Isaiah 35:5-7 Then the blind will see, the deaf hear, all disabilities cured. Water will flow in the desert, where jackals once roamed.
Isaiah 35:8-9 A highway will appear – called the way of Holiness. No unclean person will pass on it. Wicked fools cannot trespass on it. No dangerous beast will come there. But, by that way the Lords redeemed will return.
Isaiah 35:10 The Lords people, set free will come back and enter the Land with shouts of joy and triumph. Gladness and joy will come upon them –
All suffering and sorrow will flee away.
Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged
Bruce McKerras September 2010 mi