Streams in the Desert

Isaiah 35:3-6. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence;  He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongues of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.”

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Continuing on the theme of restoration, peace, and healing, Isaiah gives encouragement to the people  who will have suffered so terribly under Antichrist. The whole world will have suffered, but the Jews in particular would have been the objects of his wrath.

In the Millennium, all that will be over. Isaiah speaks of encouraging each other; and of putting fear aside. He describes the changes in the land itself when Messiah reigns from Jerusalem.  He talks about physical healing for God’s people, and promises God’s vengeance on those who persecuted them.

You may wonder if the Israelites thought Isaiah’s words applied to their immediate circumstances. If they were paying attention, they knew that Isaiah’s words spoke of the far future because he was using the Hebrew prophetic verb tense.

None of the prophecies in this chapter have as yet been fulfilled. They are Millennial prophecies, to take place in the time after the Great Tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon have ended; Jesus will have returned to earth and dealt  with Antichrist and his armies, and the whole world can then join in singing, “Joy to the World, the Lord has Come!”


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