Isaiah 49:14-16 Zion says: the Lord has forsaken me. The Lord says: Can a woman forget her child? I shall never forget you. I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. Your dwellings are always before My eyes.
Isaiah 49:17-18 Your people will hasten back, while your enemies depart. Look around, your children gather and come to you. They will be as ornaments in the Land.
Isaiah 49:19-21 Once the Land was desolate. Your enemies are now far away. The children born while the Land was occupied by foreigners will now say –this place is too small for us. Zion will say; who bore these children, when I was deserted, where did they come from?
Isaiah 49:22-23 The Lord says; I shall signal to the nations, they will carefully transport My people to their Promised Land. Kings will be your sponsors and great people will serve and honour you. You will know that I am the Lord, none who trust in Me will be disappointed.
That all this happens before the Return of Jesus in His glory, is made clear by verse 23 – ‘then you will know that I am the Lord ‘- AFTER His people have come back and settled into New Israel. Those who serve Y’hovah will inherit the Land. They fulfil prophecies and prepare for the eventual Millennial reign of Jesus.
V 14 The Land of Israel, forsaken and desolate, after the next prophesied event, which will clear and cleanse the entire Middle East. Jeremiah 12:14
V 15-16 As a woman remembers her children, so does Y’hovah remember Israel.
V 17 Judah has returned, but not the 10 Northern tribes. Many enemies remain today.
V 18 The Lords people regathered. Zech 9:16… they will sparkle like jewels in the Land.
V 19 The Land, regenerated and fruitful. Ezekiel 36:8 You, mountains of Israel, put forth your branches and bear fruit, for the homecoming of your people is near.
V 20-21 The return of all the 12 tribes. Zechariah 10:10….I shall lead them into Gilead and Lebanon [Greater Israel] until there is no more room.
V 22 Jeremiah 16:15-17….I shall send hunters to look for My people, to bring them back.
V 23 Isaiah 66:20 From every nation, on every kind of transport – they will come.
Psalm 48:11-14 The hills of Zion rejoice, Judah’s cities are glad. Walk about the land, count the towers. Note the fortifications and buildings, so that you can tell about them to the coming generations.
For this God is our God, our guide and protector, now and forever.
Psalm 69:35-36 For God will deliver Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah.
The children of those who serve Him will inherit the Land and those who love his name will dwell there.
Isaiah 55:11-13 You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace….the Land will rejoice at your coming.
Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.
Bruce McKerras May 2011