Many scriptures state how the Lord will clear and cleanse all of the holy Land, Deuteronomy 32:43, to enable His righteous people to gather and settle there. This will happen before the Return, as they are designated to be His witnesses, to be a light to the nations and to send out 144,000 missionaries to proclaim the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Isaiah 66:18b-21
Here are some of the prophesies that confirm how the Land will be virtually emptied:
Zephaniah 1:4-18 I shall stretch out My hand over Judah, over all that live in Jerusalem. On the Day of the Lord’s sacrifice, I shall wipe out all traces of idol worship and I will punish all those complacent people. All who commit crimes of violence and fraud will fall with a great crash. The great Day of the Lord is near and coming fast – His Day of wrath and distress onto the peoples. Their blood and guts will pour out like dung upon the ground and nothing can save them from the fire of His judgement. He will make a sudden and terrible end to all who live in the holy Land.
Habakkuk 3:16-17….I long for the Day of Disaster to dawn over our enemies. [Then, after that Day -] The fig tree has no buds, the vine has no harvest…there are no sheep in the fold and no cattle in the stalls.
Ezekiel 15:8 I will make the Land a waste, for My people have broken faith.
Jeremiah 10:18…This time I shall throw out the whole population of the Land.
Ezekiel 21:3 Say to the Land: I am against you, I shall draw My sword of slaughter and make away with both the righteous and wicked alike.
Isaiah 10:23 The Lord will bring a final destruction upon the whole Land.
Isaiah 6:11-13…cities will be ruined, houses left without occupants and the Land will lie desolate and a waste. Only a stump remains – a holy seed. [In Jerusalem]
Zechariah 3:9 In a single Day, I shall wipe away all evil from the holy Land.
Amos 1:1-15, Amos 2:5 I shall send fire onto Judah, fire to consume their palaces.
Jeremiah 11:16 Once you were My people, now, with a great noise you will be burned and consumed. Luke 19:27
Isaiah 10:17-19 The Lord will become a fire that in a single Day will destroy His enemies. Suddenly the trees and pastures of His holy Land will be consumed, what will remain will be so few, a child could count them.
Jeremiah 9:21-22 Death has come to our towns, corpses lie like dung in the streets.
Joel 1:19-20…fire has consumed the pastures and burned every tree in the Land. All the streams have dried up.
Jeremiah 9:10-11 The Land is scorched and untrodden, not even birds or beasts remain. Jerusalem and the towns of Judah are ruined and uninhabited.
Jeremiah 33:10 Judah and Jerusalem lie in ruins, uninhabited by man or beast.
Jeremiah 4:26-28 I looked and the fruitful Land was like a desert, all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord’s fierce anger. The Lord says: The entire holy Land will be devastated, but I will not destroy it completely. The earth will mourn and the sky will be darkened, because what I have said I will do and I will not relent or change My plan. Ref: REB, NIV. Some verses condensed.