|Isaiah 35:3-10 |
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God he will come and save you."
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.1
6 Then the lame man shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for waters shall break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation where dragons once lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And a 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 the redeemed.2 The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err in it and go astray. [And in no way shall there enter into it [heaven] anything that is defiled...Rev 21:27. From the Word of the Lord within: "Only those who want to be clean can hear. Ears must hear."]
9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; they shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there.
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.3
3 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. They are still physically present on the earth, but their awareness and sight is now in heaven; and as they lose sight of the earth for the last time, they do not look back like Lot's wife, but in joy leave Sodom and Gomorrah's sight behind them, singing in gladness to be entering their new habitation.