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Book of Isaiah
Isaiah Chapter 35
Chapter 35 portrays the other path, which is salvation. This path portrays the most beautiful places in the world and brings their presence to barren lands. Salvation is like the great changes that water can bring to a barren desert land. Death becomes life. Barrenness becomes a fertile plain. Despair becomes a great hope.
Dear one, the judgment of Almighty God looms over ALL the wicked (Mat.25:31-46; Rev.20:11-15). BUT, the righteous have a different kind of life and hope. They will see a totally different world, one that opposes the lake of fire (Rev.20:15). If you really consider this, it is like living in TWO different worlds. The ones under judgment surely cannot deny that they never think of Hell, while but the righteous ones (God’s people) look forward to the bliss of Heaven. They picture another world even though they live in the same world as the wicked (God’s enemies).
There are many who say they are God’s children, but they live only partially for God. They compromise (cooperate) with the world. They cheat, lie and steal. It all boils down to one thing: they simply do not trust God. We must remember they live under the threat of judgment and really try to shake the thoughts of Hell out of their thoughts. Persecution might very well face the righteous ones who are not willing to give in to the wicked, but they must stand firm (endureth) to the end (Mat.10:22), which is in reality, looked at as a new beginning. http://hisservants.org/a_1_hypocrisy_runs_wild.htm
THEME: The blessings of the Millennium, a picture of the Kingdom.
As we come to this chapter, let us all be thankful to God that the War of Armageddon is not the final end of all things. Chapter 35 is a graceful, gentle, flowing river. There is a high sense of justice in this chapter which ends the section on judgment. The fires of God’s judgment have now burned out, and His sword of justice is in its scabbard. The night of the Earth’s trouble is ended, and the dawn of Millennial pleasures has come. This chapter closes on the high plane of peace, having been plagued by suffering through the night to the dawn, through judgment to salvation, through tears to joy in the morning.
The calm of this chapter is in direct contrast to the storms of judgments of the previous chapters. We can agree with the writer of the Song of Solomon, the winter is past, and the flowers appear on the earth (Song 2:11-12).
Material Earth Will Be Restored (35:1-2)
First we shall see that the material earth will be restored and the curse of sin lifted.
Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (KJV)
The wilderness, and the solitary place, shall be glad for them . . . for the wild beasts, satyrs, owls and vultures, that shall inhabit Edom or Rome, and because it shall be a habitation for them, and they shall be glad for them. Israel shall flee to Sela in the wilderness, being forced to flee there from the persecution of Antichrist, and thereby become desolate as a wilderness; and so called, in reference to the Israelites in the wilderness (Isa.51:3; 52:9-10; Eze.36:35; Acts 7:38), shall now rejoice at the ruin of Rome, and the anti-Christian states; which means it shall come a more flourishing condition (Rev.12:14). See: Special Comments at the end of Isa.Ch.33, for more on SELA, Rock City.
And the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose . . . or as the lily (Isa. 4:2; 27:6; 55:12-13; 61:10-11; Hos.14:5-6). And as the land of God's enemies, which was extremely fruitful, shall be turned into a desolate wilderness, as was declared in the foregoing chapter.
Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. (KJV)
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing . . . this expresses the thriving domain of the church, and the great joy there shall be on that occasion, as well as because of the destruction of their enemies, and deliverance from them.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it . . . a mountain in Judea, famous for its choice and tall cedars, which were the glory of it; indicating that the church of God, which had been in a desolate condition, would abound with choice and excellent Christians, which would compare to the cedars of Lebanon. This was a symbol of the Gospel church.
The excellency of Carmel and Sharon . . . these were two places in the land of Judea, famous for fruitfulness and lush pasture; and mean the great fruitfulness of the Gospel church; the word and ordinances of which are as green pastures for the sheep of Christ to feed upon, and by which they become fat and flourishing. The wilderness shall be as pleasant and fruitful as Lebanon, Carmel and Sharon; which were eminent parts of the land of Canaan, as hath been often been noted.
They shall see the glory of our Lord, and the excellency of our God . . . they, who are understood by the wilderness, shall see the glory of the Lord; the glorious discoveries and effects of God's power and goodness to His people.
*****Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (KJV) . . . Paul tells us that Creation is groaning and travailing in pain, but dear one, in the Millennium all creation will rejoice!
Men Will Be Renewed (35:3-9)
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. (KJV)
Strengthen ye the weak hands . . . these are the words of the prophet Isaiah, from
God, to the converted Gentiles, to those who saw the glory of the Lord; mainly to the ministers of the Gospel, who are to comfort and encourage God's people, who were about to faint, with hopes and assurance of the salvation which, in due time, the LORD will work for them.
And confirm the feeble knees . . . he mentions hands and knees, because the strength and weakness of any man appears in those parts.
Creation is waiting for us to get our new bodies.
Isaiah 35:4 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. (KJV)
Say to them that are of a fearful heart . . . or hasty of heart; hasty in drawing black conclusions on themselves and their state; not caring about the Promises made unto them; ready to doubt and call in question the performance of the above things, concerning the fruitful and flourishing estate of the church: so it must be said to them,
Be strong, fear not . . . be strong in faith, do NOT fear the enemy, do NOT doubt the fulfilment of divine Promises, relating to their ruin and your safety.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance . . . Christ Jesus, who is God in our nature, God manifest in the flesh (Jn.1:14).
Even God with a recompence . . . or, the God of recompense, both to the wicked a just recompense of reward or punishment for their sins, it being just with Him to recompense tribulation to them that trouble His people . . . and to the saints . . . the time of His spiritual reign being the time, as to destroy them that destroy the Earth, so to give a reward to his servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear His Name (Mat.25:31-46; Rev.11:18).
He will come and save you . . . His First Coming was to save His people from sin, the curse and condemnation of the law, from Hell, God’s wrath, ruin and destruction. At His Second Coming (Rev.19:11-21); at the latter day, will be to save His people from their anti-Christian enemies, from idolatry, superstition and slavery.
*****He will come . . . although He seems to be absent and departed from us, He will come again! I personally think it will be soon that He shall come in the clouds, to take the church home (1 Thes.4:13-18).
In the midst of the storm of judgment, God's people can rejoice because they will know that God will come and save them. The church has one, special, added hope and joy of never experiencing the Great Tribulation period. Thank You Lord!
Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (KJV)
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened . . . which was literally fulfilled in the First Coming of Christ (Mat.9:27; Jn.9:1); and spiritually, both among Jews and Gentiles; especially the Gentiles, under the ministry of the apostles, when those who were blind as to spiritual things had no knowledge of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:19; Gal.3:17; 1 Thes.5:18); nor of the way of salvation by Him (Jn.3:15-18,36); nor of the work of the Spirit of God upon the soul (Jn.14:17,23; Rom.5:5,8:9); nor of the Truths of the Gospel (Rom.1:16; 1 Cor.9:12,18; Gal.1:7; Phil.1:27), through the power of divine grace, they had the eyes of their understanding enlightened (Eph.1:18), so they could see how sinful and vile they were, and their not being able to do anything to spiritually improve their soul. They knew they desperately needed Christ as a Saviour; to have any hope of Heaven and eternal glory: and this will have a greater accomplishment in the latter day, when the blind Jews are converted, and the fullness of the Gentiles brought in.
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped . . . which was literally true of some when Christ came in the flesh (Mat.11:5), and spiritually of many who had not ears to hear in a spiritual sense, opening their ears to hear the fascinating voice of the Gospel.
*****We are told that the deserts of the world are being enlarged each year; not reduced in size. Drought and soil erosion are hurrying this process. Smog and pollution of all kinds fill the Earth, everywhere! All of this will be reversed in the Millennium Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose is a fitting and happy picture of the Earth's future. If you are familiar with the great desert area of the southwestern section of our country as I am, you will be awed with this statement. The desert shall be drastically changed during the Millennium Kingdom.
The most uninformed and irresponsible creatures shall be forced to acknowledge the wonderful works of God . . . or instead, those who before were blind and deaf, shall now have the eyes and ears of their minds opened to see God's works (Isa.29:18; 32:3; 42:7; Eph.1:18), and to willingly hear and receive His Word. http://www.judgmentcoming.org/noah_millennium_after_tribulation.html
Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. (KJV)
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart . . . then shall the lame man go nimbly and freely. This clause and that which follows, are to be understood both spiritually and literally, as in the former verse; as the lame man did when healed by Peter (Acts 3:1), there were many instances of such persons cured physically by Christ when He was here on Earth (Mat.15:30), and also in a spiritual sense, this was verified in many who were impotent to that which is good; had neither will nor power to go to Christ for life and salvation, nor to walk by faith in him, nor to walk in His ways; who yet, by the mighty power of the Spirit and grace of God, became able and willing to go to Him, and trust their souls to Him; walking on with Him as they had received Him.
And the tongue of the dumb shall sing . . . this had its accomplishment, in a literal sense, at the First Coming of Christ (Mat.9:32; 12:22) and too, in a spiritual sense, in many who before had nothing to say to God in prayer, nor in praise (vs.5). But it may be better applied to their case when they shall be turned to the Lord in the latter day.
For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert . . . not literally but spiritually; and may be understood both of the doctrines of the Gospel breaking out in the ministry of them, in such places as were like unto the wilderness and desert, quite barren, and destitute of the knowledge, grace and fear (reverence) of God (Joel 3:18), and of the abundance of grace, and the value of it, making the word effective to the conversion and fruitfulness of multitudes of souls, bringing along with it a vast variety of spiritual blessings (Jn.7:37-38). The most dry and barren places (men’s hearts) shall be made moist and fruitful; which is largely meant of the plentiful outpouring of God's grace upon such persons and nations as had been wholly destitute of it.
*****All sickness, disease and all affliction are the result of man's sin. These will be lifted in the Millennial Kingdom.
Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. (KJV)
And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water . . . this speaks of such persons who have been like the parched earth, barren and unfruitful, or like the Earth scorched with the sun, filled with a sense of divine wrath, and thirsting, like the dry earth, for the grace of God, Christ and His righteousness (Isa.45:24-25; 54:17; 1 Cor.1:30), shall be comforted and refreshed, and filled with the grace of God (2 Cor.4:15; 1 Pet.4:10). Those who have been
scorched and parched with the heat of persecution, from the anti-Christian party, and have been thirsting for deliverance from it, shall now enjoy great peace and prosperity.
In the habitation of dragons, where each lay . . . in kingdoms, cities and towns inhabited by men, who are compared to dragons for their poison and cruelty; and where the great red dragon Satan had his seat (Rev.12:3); and the Pagan emperors, and Papal powers, who have exercised the authority, power and cruelty of where the dragon dwelled.
Shall be grass, with reeds and rushes . . . persons shall spring up, those who have partaken of the grace of God, who, for their number and thriving estate, shall be like the green grass; and others, still more well-known for their gifts and usefulness, will be like reeds and rushes (Isa.41:17; 44:3; 59:21; Eze.34:26; Joel 3:18; Jn.7:37-39; Rev.21:6; 22:17). Those dry and parched deserts, in which dragons make their home, shall yield an abundance of grass, reeds and rushes, which grow only in moist grounds (Job 8:11).
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (KJV)
And an highway shall be there, and a way . . . not two ways, but just one way; the way shall be a highway, a way cast up, raised and elevated. I think that this refers to Christ, the only Way to life and salvation; and the meaning is, that in those desert places, where Christ and His Gospel had not been preached, at least for many ages, here He would be made known, as the way, the truth, and the life (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12), His Gospel preached, and His ordinances administered. Multitudes, both of Jews and Gentiles, would be directed and enabled to walk there. Christ is a highway to ALL people! He is the Way cast up by the sovereign grace of God, which is raised far above the mire and dirt of sin, and carries us over it.
And it shall be called the way of holiness . . . Christ Jesus is perfectly holy in nature and life, and the holiness of both is imputed to those that are in this Way. All in this Way are sanctified by the Spirit and grace of God (Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14; Jude 1:1). Christ leads His people in paths of righteousness and truth.
Christ Jesus, sinless: (Isa.53:9; Mat.27:4,19, 23-24; Jn.8:46; Lk.23:41,47; 2 Cor.5:21; Heb.4:15; 7:26-27; 1 Pet.2;22; 1 Jn.2:1; 3:5).
The unclean shall not pass over it . . . all people are unclean by nature; some are cleansed by the grace of God and Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19); and even though they are sanctified (set apart), they are NOT free from sin and the pollution of it, yet as justified (Rom.3:24; 5:1-9) they are the undefiled in the way (Ps.119:1); and none but such can pass over, or pass through this Way to Heaven (Rev.21:27). The unclean shall not pass over it, neither to disturb nor defile it. Unclean persons shall be cast out of Christ’s church, not by humans, but by the LORD Himself (Mat.7:23).
But it shall be for those . . . for righteous men, not for the unclean; for those who are before mentioned (vs.5), for those to walk in the Way, who have been blind, but now see, and these are led in a way that they knew not before; for the deaf, who now hear the voice behind them, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it (Isa.30:21); for the lame man shall leap like an hart (vs.6), for the dumb will now will be able to sing, and go on in it rejoicing; it is for the redeemed to walk in, as in the following verse.
The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein . . . travelers, such as the saints are, being strangers, pilgrims and sojourners here on Earth; they are like wayfaring men that stay for a night, they are bound for another country, a better, even a heavenly one (Heb.11:16). Although they have been fools in their unregenerate state, with respect to spiritual things; yet they shall not err as to the way of salvation; and even though they may err in some things, yet not in the main things. The Way of salvation by Christ is such a clear Way, that He that has any spiritual understanding of it shall not err in it.
Isaiah 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: (KJV)
No lion shall be there . . . in the way just described; no wicked persons, compared to lions for their savage and cruel dispositions towards the people of God, for those who have been as such, as Saul was before his conversion (Acts 9), yet when he was brought into this Way, he became as tame as a lamb.
Nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon . . . .upon the high way; the same may be intended as before.
It shall not be found there . . . walking, ravaging and destroying.
But the redeemed shall walk there . . . God’s TRUE children shall walk the Way without fear, for no lion, nor any beast of prey, shall be found upon it. The redeemed are those redeemed of the Lord (Ps.107:2; Isa.51:11; 62:12), and are uniquely His, being bought with His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19), redeemed from sin, the law, its curse and condemnation. These shall walk in the way, although they have been blind, their eyes shall be opened to see the way; and although weak, they shall have strength to walk in it; and although foolish, they shall have wisdom to guide their feet, and although they may stumble and fall, they shall rise again, and shall keep on walking. What a beautiful picture we have here of the Earth during the Kingdom Age.
Members of God's Family Will Return to Zion (35:10)
Here we see that man will be renewed spiritually. Phil. 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)
Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (KJV)
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return . . . these are the same as the redeemed in verse 9. They are in the same state and condition with other men by nature, but, by virtue of their being ransomed by Christ, they are by the grace of God turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18); they are returned from the broad paths in which they had been straying, to Christ, the Shepherd and Bishop of souls (1 Pet.2:25), in order to walk in His Way.
And come to Zion with songs . . . being called by grace (Eph.2:8-9), and converted, they turn their backs on the world, and the wicked men of it, and ask the Way to Zion, with their faces forward. They come readily and willingly, not only to hear the Gospel, but to submit to all its ordinances, and become members of a Gospel church (Heb.12:20), and they come with songs about the calling, redeeming, justifying and pardoning grace, glorifying God.
And everlasting joy upon their heads . . . seen in their faces, and by the lifting up of their heads. The everlasting love of God, the everlasting covenant of His grace, and the everlasting righteousness and salvation by Christ; and of which can never be lost, nor any man ever take it away.
They shall obtain joy and gladness . . . by having the Presence of God with them, and fellowship with Him; through His love being shed abroad in their hearts (Rom.5:5), and His Spirit within us (Rom.8:9).
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away . . . all through our life on Earth, we have sorrow and sighing, because of the convictions of sin, but in the Millennial Kingdom, that shall be removed by the applications of pardoning grace and mercy. Before, we desired the divine Presence of the LORD, but then will be enjoyed. Being come to Zion, there shall be joyful voices in the house of prayer, for all are satisfied with Gospel ordinances, and continually desire to hear the joyful sound of the Gospel itself. Sorrow and sighing shall flee away . . . which expresses how the heart and soul shall feel in this awesome Kingdom!
*****The appearance of the Lord mentioned in Isaiah 35:4 is His Second Coming. The proof of this is seen in the fact that the Coming referred to is with vengeance and with the recompense of God. When the Lord Jesus came the First Time, He was the very example and picture of grace, mercy and truth. But, dear one, when He returns (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21), He will come with vengeance! He will reward His servants (Mat.25:34) and will recompense the evildoers according to their ways (Mat.25:41). WHICH will it be for you? Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV) The decision lies in your hands!
According to Isaiah 35:5-6 the infirmities which now characterize man will pass away. The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. This is yet another echo of the predictions which forecast the lifting of the curse and the restoration of primitive Edenic conditions to man (Ps.1:1-3; Isa.29:17; 32:15-16; 35:1; 51:3; Eze.36:35).
In the last part of verse 6 and in verse 7 appear references to the changes that will take place in the physical realm. In the wilderness there will burst forth refreshing waters and streams. The same thing will be true in those places that are now desert wastes. There will be no swampy, untillable land, but it will all be productive.
There is a great highway mentioned in: Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (KJV)
No ravenous beast shall be seen there. In Isaiah 19:23, there is similar prediction that there will be a great highway running from Assyria through Palestine down into Egypt in order that there may be rapid and convenient transportation between the three nations which God at that time will call His special people . . . Israel, Egypt, and Assyria. When the passage in 35:8 is compared with the one in Isaiah, chapter 19, it seems the prophet in these two places may have been speaking of the same highway.
There is controversy about this highway. This special highway has by some commentators been thought to be a prediction of the Gospel and its conditions of salvation. We are told that the Gospel is so very clear that the wayfaring men, even though fools, shall not err therein. I do agree that the Gospel plan of salvation is extremely clear, and anyone even with below average intelligence, can comprehend it and can accept the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy His salvation. I say this because I had a retarded lady in a Bible Study class years ago, and I feel she was saved.
But when Isaiah 35:8 and the highway mentioned there are studied in the light of the facts of Isaiah 19 and similar statements, some think that Isaiah was speaking of the Gospel, while others say he was talking of a literal highway that will connect Assyria and Egypt in the Millennial Age.
On this great international highway of the Millennial Age, the redeemed people of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, praising God. Sorrow and sighing shall flee away . . . So great will be the blessings which await the faithful remnant of Israel . . . and ALL the saved people of this awesome age!
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