Blessings in the Millennial Kingdom

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Restoration

In chapters 1-34, Isaiah has delivered a message of judgment on all nations for their rejection of God. Chapter 34 spoke of great distress when God will judge all people for their actions. In this chapter, Isaiah contrasts the barrenness of Edom with the blossoming of Israel.

  1. Restoration of the Land. (vv. 1-2). He prophesies that a time will come when “the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” (v. 1). He says that the desert areas of Israel shall one day blossom more beautifully than the grandeur of the cedar forests in Lebanon (v. 2). This chapter pictures the millennial reign of Christ and the days when life will be peaceful and everything will be made right.
  2. Restoration of Physical Health (vv. 3-6). This condition will not come, however, until after God’s judgment on the world (chap. 34). In the millennial age the Lord will restore the sick. The weak will be strong; the fearful will be courageous; the blind will see and the deaf will hear. The crippled will leap like a deer and the mute will speak.
  3. Restoration of Spiritual Life (vv. 7-10). The messianic kingdom will be a “highway of holiness.” Only believers will enter the millennial kingdom (v. 8). Those who have been redeemed, those who have been ransomed by the blood of Christ will live in the Messiah’s kingdom amid everlasting joy.

Application

God is preparing a way for His people to travel to heaven, and He will walk with us. God never stops at simply pointing the way, but He is always beside me as I go. All I need to do is trust Him to lead me each step of the way.

Isaiah 35:1-10 (English Standard Version)

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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